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5 Ways to Improve Your Fuel Economy

May 11, 2022

Whether heading out on grand adventures or simply running errands, drivers across the country have had to consider the high price of gas when getting behind the wheel. According to a survey by KPMG, the price hikes are so significant that 61% of Canadians are prepared to make the switch to an electrified vehicle.

Though fuel prices seem to be fluctuating, it looks like experts believe that the higher prices aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, what does this sudden price surge mean for concerned drivers? From small changes on the road to keeping up with your regular service intervals, there are a variety of things you can do to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. We’ve compiled our top 5 tips to help ensure you get the most out of every mile.

Little Driving Habits Can Make a Big Difference

There are many small ways we can alter our driving habits to help fuel savings add up over time:

  • Try your best to accelerate as gently as possible
  • Anticipate traffic so you can coast to decelerate instead of using your brakes
  • Only idle when necessary – idling often uses more gas than simply stopping and starting your vehicle when appropriate
  • Use cruise control during long highway stretches to ensure your speed stays steady

Most drivers have heard of Eco Mode, but do you know what pushing that button really does? Entering Eco Mode means your engine and accelerator pedal will become less responsive to inputs. Though your vehicle may seem slower to respond to your actions, when paired with a smooth approach to accelerating and braking, it offers improved fuel economy without harming your engine.

Follow Your Regular Maintenance Schedule

All vehicles, electrified included, must be serviced regularly to maintain optimal performance – this will help improve your fuel efficiency in the long-run, since your vehicle will be operating in peak condition. Experts recommend having your vehicle serviced every 6 months or 8,000 km, whichever comes first. During a maintenance appointment, Toyota University Trained Technicians check the following:

Brakes

Older or worn braking components can increase drag, impacting the overall fuel efficiency of your vehicle. If you require new brake components, Toyota Genuine Parts were made to fit Toyota vehicles perfectly for optimal performance and fuel economy.

Tires

Driving on the correct tires for the season is essential to fuel savings, as it keeps drag at bay by providing the proper level of friction on the road ahead. Our Toyota University Trained Technicians can help you make the switch to the right tires for your vehicle and the weather.

Your tire pressure will be adjusted for you based on your vehicle needs, helping to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.

Proper wheel alignment delivers the appropriate amount of friction while driving, ensuring your vehicle is operating as efficiently as possible.

Motor Oil

Having your motor oil changed before its recommended change time will keep your vehicle from working harder on old oil, which could burn more gas than necessary.

Stay On Top of Your At-Home Maintenance

Toyota University Trained Technicians can assist you with your vehicle maintenance, but in between your regular service appointments, there are some steps you can take at home to help improve your fuel efficiency.

Keep tabs on your tire pressure

Here’s how to check your tire pressure every month:

  • Pick up a tire pressure gauge with lots of great reviews online and choose a time at least three hours after your last drive to perform the test
  • Insert the gauge pin into the tire valve stem. If your gauge is electric, it will show you the pound per square inch (psi) reading automatically. If it’s manual, the gauge will pop out and show your measurement
  • Compare your psi reading to the one found on the inside of your driver’s side door. If it’s higher, slowly release some air from your tire and re-measure. If it’s lower, add air and re-measure

Clean out your fuel system

When old fuel remains in your vehicle, it can cause blockages which impact overall efficiency. The Toyota Genuine Complete Fuel System Cleaner clears fuel build-up inside your vehicle, improving drivability and fuel economy. You can perform the cleaning yourself or book an appointment with a Toyota University Trained Technician for assistance.

Remove unnecessary weight

Before setting out, ensure you’re only carrying items you need – that goes for bike and roof racks as well. Extra weight can impact fuel economy.

Know the Fuel Needs of Your Specific Vehicle

Did you know that premium fuel isn’t required for most vehicles? While the word “premium” suggests it’s better than regular fuel, a more appropriate term would be hi-octane, which simply refers to how the gas burns. Check your Owner’s Manual to find out what fuel type your vehicle functions with best – chances are, you’ll be fine using regular which can save you a pretty penny at the pump.

Consider an Electrified Vehicle for the Future

More drivers than ever have made the switch to electrified vehicles. Toyota has been leading the charge for over 20 years so that today, you can choose from an array of electrified vehicles and powertrains, to find the right fit for your lifestyle and driving needs. Our hybrid electric vehicles don’t even need to be plugged in – they seamlessly combine the power of a gas engine with electric motors and recharge as you drive.

Tell us a bit about your driving habits and find out how much you can save by making the switch.

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We hope these tips help you navigate the rising gas prices so you can keep taking on the road ahead with confidence and peace of mind. Remember, a few quick adjustments can help your fuel go even further, easing some strain on your bank account and the environment.