You can improve your fuel efficiency
in summer by minimizing your use of
air conditioning. Air conditioners used
in stop and go traffic can increase fuel
consumption by as much as 10 to 25 per
cent. At highway speeds, air conditioning
increases fuel consumption by three to four
per cent. To stay cool at highway
speeds, use your vehicle’s flow through
ventilation. When driving in the city, open
Extra weight means using extra fuel.
Heavy bags of sand and salt in the trunk
will help winter driving traction, but should
be removed when no longer needed.
Trip planning can save you time,
money and fuel. Avoid traffic congested
routes. Combine several errands into one
longer trip and avoid rush hour
traffic when possible.
Fuelling a vehicle should receive your
• Do not smoke, light matches or use
a lighter when fuelling your vehicle.
Gasoline vapours mix with air, which
contains oxygen. If you add an ignition
source such as cigarettes or matches,
a fire or explosion can occur.
• Do not use a cellular phone while
fuelling. Phones that light up when
switched on or when they ring may have
enough energy to provide a spark. The
spark could ignite gasoline vapours.
• Turn your vehicle ignition off before
• If you have a recreational vehicle (RV)
or trailer, be sure that any pilot lights
are turned off. These could provide a
source of ignition.
• Inform the station attendant if there is a
• Do not let children handle the fuel
nozzle. Do not expose your child to the
potential risk of being splashed with
gasoline or inhaling fumes.
• Never prop the fuel nozzle handle open
with an object. This greatly increases
the chance of spills.
• Stay by the nozzle handle during
fuelling. Static electricity can be
generated as you move around or
get in and out of your vehicle. When
you return to the pump and touch the
nozzle handle, static electricity could be
released. This could ignite the gasoline
vapours and cause a fire or explosion.
• Do not overfill your tank. Overflow and
spills can affect the environment.
• When filling extra containers, such as
gas containers for your lawn mower
or snow blower, remove them from
your vehicle and place them on the
ground. This will allow static electricity
to discharge and keep spills out of your
Here are some traffic laws that all drivers
should be aware of:
• Do not use your vehicle to tow anyone,
for example, a person on skis, riding a
toboggan, motorcycle or bicycle.
• It is against the law to let a person ride
in a trailer when it is being towed.