Plan­ning pays off

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Get the most out of your tank and your time on the road with th­ese five travel- man­age­ment tips:

Plan ahead. Map out your route, es­pe­cially if it’s long. Where pos­si­ble and pru­dent, use four- lane rather than two- lane high­ways and avoid roads that cut through ma­jor cities and are dot­ted with stop­lights, in­ter­sec­tions and pedes­tri­ans.

What­ever your des­ti­na­tion, al­ways give your­self enough time to get there.

With­out the stress of run­ning late, you’ll be more likely to brake gently, ac­cel­er­ate slowly, avoid high speeds and en­joy your ride.

Com­bine trips. Run your er­rands one after the other, plan­ning your route to avoid back­track­ing and rush- hour traf­fic. The longer ex­cur­sion will en­able your ve­hi­cle’s en­gine to warm up to the tem­per­a­ture at which it con­verts en­ergy most ef­fi­ciently.

Track your fuel con­sump­tion. Chal­lenge your­self to cut your fuel con­sump­tion. For ex­am­ple, aim to make a tank of fuel last two weeks, or try to keep your monthly fuel costs be­low a cer­tain amount. To help you achieve your goals, use Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada’s Track Your Fuel Con­sump­tion tool. This on­line app en­ables you to cal­cu­late your fuel con­sump­tion and com­pare it to man­u­fac­tur­ers’ base rat­ings and the re­sults of other driv­ers with the same ve­hi­cle. Use a ve­hi­cle suited to your needs. Check out Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada’s Fuel Con­sump­tion Guide for a com­plete list of ve­hi­cles sold in Canada, along with their fuel- con­sump­tion rat­ings and es­ti­mated an­nual car­bon diox­ide emis- sions.

Use the in­for­ma­tion in the guide to help you select the most fuel- ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle for your daily needs.

Here are five fuel- ef­fi­cient driv­ing habits to help you save up to 25 per cent.

1. Be a gen­tle gi­ant – The harder you ac­cel­er­ate the more fuel you con­sume. In the city, where about half the fuel you con­sume is used to ac­cel­er­ate, you can save fuel by eas­ing up on the pedal. Imag­ine an egg un­der your foot and an open cup of cof­fee on your dash­board.

2. Be steady – Drive at a steady, con­sis­tent speed. You'll use less fuel, keep traf­fic flow­ing smoothly, min­i­mize ex­haust emis­sions and en­joy safer driv­ing.

3. An­tic­i­pate traf­fic – Hard brak­ing and rapid ac­cel­er­a­tion burns more fuel and is un­safe. Be de­fen­sive and watch for up­com­ing changes in traf­fic. Avoid com­ing to a com­plete stop un­less you hit a stop sign or red light. Leave plenty of space be­tween you and the ve­hi­cle in front of you.

4. Coast to de­cel­er­ate – Coast­ing to a stop with your foot off the gas pedal is like driv­ing for free. By pre­dict­ing slow­downs, you can de­crease your speed, con­serve fuel and save money. Most ve­hi­cles to­day have fu­elin­jec­tion sys­tems that au­to­mat­i­cally shut off the flow of fuel to your en­gine when the gas pedal is re­leased, so take ad­van­tage.

5. Slow down – The faster a ve­hi­cle trav­els above 80 km/ h, the more fuel it con­sumes. A ve­hi­cle needs 20 per cent more fuel to go 120 km/ h than to go 100 km/ h.

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