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Gas Saving Tip: Reduce Wind Resistance and Weight

Car Aero Dynamic TestingThe aerodynamics of a vehicle can be a difficult thing to control, but there are some things the average driver can do to reduce wind drag. Remove the roof rack (if possible) and carrier when you’re not using them. Combined, these can reduce gas mileage by approximately 5 per cent. Open windows can also decrease gas mileage by as much as 10 per cent.

To improve the aerodynamics of your truck install some type of bed cover.The air will then rush over the cover and off the truck, instead of into the bed – causing drag on the tailgate.

Each additional 100lbs of weight in your vehicle can lower gas mileage by 1 to 2 per cent. So remove unnecessary items from your trunk, truck bed or cargo area. And in winter, be sure to remove any snow and ice build-up. Weight from snow and ice can quickly accumulate. Ice and snow also increase wind drag.

When a vehicle is on the highway over 50 per cent  of the energy being used is to overcome aerodynamic drag. As the vehicle’s speed increases this drag increases.

Every vehicle has an optimal fuel economy at cruising speeds. However, fuel economy drastically decreases around 100km/h for every vehicle. That’s the reason for speed reductions on highways in the 1970s. Forr every 10 km/h over 90km/h that you travel, you will pay an extra $0.05 per litre.

Essentially traveling at 90 km/h can give you up to 21 percent better gas mileage than traveling between 105 and 115km/h. Follow these few simple steps and get better fuel efficiency today.