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increase speed.

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
a window.

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 safety

Fuelling a vehicle should receive your
full attention.
• 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
   fuelling.
 

• 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
   fuel spill.
• 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
   vehicle.

Traffic laws

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.

 CHAPTER SEVEN                                                                                         RESPONSIBLE DRIVING  93

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