Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Drivers can take steps to ease pain at the pump - CTV News

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    21,955

    Drivers can take steps to ease pain at the pump - CTV News

    A couple of interesting things here, IMO - it all adds up.

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/201...on-gas-110423/

    As soaring gas prices continue to put the squeeze on drivers, experts say little changes in motoring habits can translate into big savings at the pumps.

    Average gas prices in Canada have soared from $1.03 a litre a year ago to more than $1.30 in recent weeks. Fears over supply interruptions caused by unrest across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as an increase in demand as the summer driving season approaches, are sending fuel prices soaring, experts say.

    But for those who can't park the car in the driveway and use other forms of transportation, there are some easy ways to save on fuel.

    Liz Peters of CAA Manitoba says that every 100 pounds of "extra stuff" taking up space in the trunk translates into a one per cent decrease in fuel efficiency. That can add up to an extra one to two weeks of gas each year for the average driver.

    And all that lead foot can cause considerable damage to the pocketbook. Aggressive driving in the form of hard stops and fast starts can increase fuel consumption by a whopping 39 per cent.

    "That's probably the number one thing and it doesn't get you to your destination that much faster," Peters told CTV Winnipeg.

    While everyone knows that keeping up with a maintenance schedule improves a car's fuel efficiency, it's a lesson worth repeating. Regular oil changes and tires kept adequately inflated can increase efficiency by four per cent.

    Most tips put the onus on drivers to squeeze every last drop out of their gas tank. For Ford drivers, the company's new Eco Route feature does the thinking for them.

    The program will plan the most fuel-efficient path to the driver's destination, factoring in information such as traffic and posted speed limits along the route.

    "If you're doing 90 kilometres an hour instead of 120, you're going to be more efficient," said Bryan Ford of Parkside Ford in Winnipeg.

    The program also tells the driver how much fuel the car has consumed during the trip, and how much gas is burned while accelerating or idling.

    While the good news is drivers can take steps to improve their car's fuel efficiency or cut back on consumption, the bad news is that gas prices are expected to continue to rise as summer approaches.

    Jason Toews, co-founder of Gasbuddy.com, predicts that fuel prices will continue to rise throughout the spring, and could hit $1.40 per litre by the Victoria Day long weekend.

    "We're going to see gas prices jump around a little bit," Toews recently told The Canadian Press. "But generally speaking, for the next month or so, we're going to see gas prices more or less going up."

    With a report from CTV Winnipeg's Eleanor Coopsammy
    "Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    8,166
    Ride a pushbike


    "I'm Back !!"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Ploss's Halfway House for Homeless Cats
    Posts
    18,312
    Pushbike in Aussie Talk = Skooter

    The heck with "pushbike" gimme one with a REAL MOTOR and I'll be all over it!!!

    Rest In Peace Casey (Bubba Dude) Your paw print will remain on my heart forever. 12/02
    Mollie Rose, you were there for me through good times and in bad, from the beginning.Your passing will leave a hole in my heart.We will be together "One Fine Day". 1994-2009
    MooShoo,you left me too soon.I wasn't ready.Know that you were my soulmate and have left me broken hearted.I loved you like no other. 1999 - 2010See you again "ONE FINE DAY"
    Maya Linn, my heart is broken. The day your beautiful blue eyes went blind was the worst day of my life.I only wish I could've done something.I'll miss your "premium" purr and our little "conversations". 1997-2013 See you again "ONE FINE DAY"

    DO NOT BUY WHILE SHELTER ANIMALS DIE!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    8,166
    Quote Originally Posted by moosmom View Post
    Pushbike in Aussie Talk = Skooter

    The heck with "pushbike" gimme one with a REAL MOTOR and I'll be all over it!!!
    A Harley ???


    "I'm Back !!"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Ploss's Halfway House for Homeless Cats
    Posts
    18,312
    I LOOOOVE hogs!!!!

    Rest In Peace Casey (Bubba Dude) Your paw print will remain on my heart forever. 12/02
    Mollie Rose, you were there for me through good times and in bad, from the beginning.Your passing will leave a hole in my heart.We will be together "One Fine Day". 1994-2009
    MooShoo,you left me too soon.I wasn't ready.Know that you were my soulmate and have left me broken hearted.I loved you like no other. 1999 - 2010See you again "ONE FINE DAY"
    Maya Linn, my heart is broken. The day your beautiful blue eyes went blind was the worst day of my life.I only wish I could've done something.I'll miss your "premium" purr and our little "conversations". 1997-2013 See you again "ONE FINE DAY"

    DO NOT BUY WHILE SHELTER ANIMALS DIE!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,666
    I wish we had public transportation here. I'd be all over taking the bus to and from work. Unfortunately we only have a bus to go basically to the mall and back and nowhere near my work nor do we have a bus for second shift.
    "There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion."

    Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    8,166
    Quote Originally Posted by moosmom View Post
    I LOOOOVE hogs!!!!
    Oink oink.
    Do I qualify ???


    "I'm Back !!"

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 04-29-2010, 12:51 PM
  2. Three steps forward, two steps back...
    By moosmom in forum General
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 10-04-2006, 04:37 AM
  3. I have to share the news - pain relief
    By shais_mom in forum Dog General
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-06-2006, 10:07 AM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-28-2004, 08:10 PM
  5. The Pump
    By sasvermont in forum Today's Cat
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-10-2001, 11:00 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Copyright © 2001-2013 Pet of the Day.com