Tips for Improving Your Fuel Efficiency on Vancouver Island


As everyone knows, gas prices will only continue to rise all over the world. If you’re interested in saving some cash at the pumps, knowing how to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency is a crucial step. Harsh winters aren’t the only thing that can eat up your fuel. Even in the mild climate of Vancouver Island, there are a variety of ways you can get more out of each tank. Campbell River Honda has compiled a few of these tips for you. Some of them may surprise you!  

6 Ways To Improve Fuel Efficiency

Less driving = less fuel consumed, but when you need to use your vehicle more these 5 tips will help you use less of that precious fuel during each ride. 

Drive Light

We’re not telling you to do away with your roadside first aid kit or windshield brush, but try leaving that extra toolbox and crate of Costco Gatorade at home. Reducing the weight of your vehicle can make a significant difference. You’re using extra fuel to haul all that stuff around. In fact, every 45 kg of additional weight can reduce your fuel economy by 1%. That may not sound like much, but trust us when we say it is.     

Drive Slow

Try easing up on the gas pedal when you don’t necessarily need the speed. Opening it up on quiet roads once in a while is fun but a drain on fuel. Going faster than 80 km/h is the typical threshold between decent and poor fuel efficiency. 

Drive Smooth

Driving in a smooth and controlled manner is also a good way to increase your fuel efficiency. Lots of starting, stopping, sudden braking, and sudden acceleration eats more fuel, which is why city fuel economy is usually a bit lower than highway. A smoother drive can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 5% every time you get behind the wheel.

Drive Pumped

You’d think having your tires fully inflated on the daily would be the best thing for your vehicle. Well, yes and no. In order to get the most out of your fuel, having your tires inflated the right amount is essential. This means not too, too full. Depending on what type of tires your vehicle is currently using, a tire that’s approximately 10- to 20% under-inflated can increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 10%. Be sure to switch over to summer or all-season tires each year as well. While a larger tread is good for achieving better grip in mud, snow, and ice, the smaller the tread the more efficient the ride in better weather.      

Drive Smart

Though you may not always be able to do it, using cruise control when possible is a great way to reduce fuel consumption. Using this function as often as possible is not only better for reducing body fatigue but also ensures a more efficient performance from your vehicle.

Drive Healthy 

This one goes without saying, but a reminder every now and then never hurts. Probably the most important tip for improving your fuel efficiency is getting your vehicle regular maintenance. A properly maintained vehicle is the most efficient vehicle. 

So whether it’s having your tires properly inflated, ensuring your wheel alignment is correct, or that all of your vehicle’s fluids are properly topped up, a properly maintained vehicle will provide you with better fuel economy.

Driving safely and keeping your vehicle well tuned are still the best ways to increase your fuel efficiency, but these tips will also help. If you want to learn more about your vehicle’s fuel efficiency or how to optimize your fuel consumption come talk to our experts at Calgary’s Jack Carter Chevrolet, home for everything Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC!