TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - There is a way to help drive down the impact
of Canada's high gasoline prices this Earth Day. This April 22nd, Canadians can empower themselves to change the two main factors that
affect fuel consumption: their driving style and how they maintain
Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers of Canada says, "Earth
Day is a great time to remind drivers that their actions can really
make a difference. Adjusting how one drives and regularly maintaining
your vehicle will help conserve and lower the financial strain on
Canadian families. Simple changes like removing roof racks and
carpooling whenever possible all go a long way to sustaining our planet
by using less fuel. Starting the change on Earth Day is important.
Even greater, continuing eco-friendly driving habits all year round
will have a huge impact on our communities."
Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Earth Day initiative, Young Drivers of Canada has
put together a top 10 list of ways drivers can go green.
Plan your trips to consolidate several into one and travel in a logical
When approaching a red light, slow down early to save fuel for you and
all the vehicles following. The cumulative saving is huge.
Idling your engine more than 10 seconds wastes fuel.* Turn off the
engine, unless you are at risk of collision.
Avoid heavy acceleration and heavy braking as this style of driving uses
up to 39% more fuel.*
In slower traffic, leave your windows down or use your vents. For
freeway driving, open windows create more drag so roll them up.
When parking, pull in and through parking spots. Starting up forward
uses less fuel.
Use the lane of least resistance, which is the lane that has the best
flow, the best view and the least risk. You will avoid stopping or
Keep your brakes in good working condition. Poor brakes burn more fuel
and are a major safety concern.
Make sure your vehicle is properly tuned. Check your owner's manual to
see how often your air and fuel filter should be changed.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month, even if you use Hydrogen
in your tires. Tire pressure fluctuates with the outside temperature.
Drivers have the ability to both do the planet some good and use more sense than cents by incorporating even a few of these tips into
their drive. If you want to learn more about green driving, visit www.yd.com. Young Drivers is recognized as an Auto$mart Registered Driving School by Natural Resources Canada.
*Stats from Natural Resources Canada
SOURCE Young Drivers of Canada
For further information:
Suzanne Vukosavljevic, Director of Public Relations
Young Drivers of Canada
Tel: (905) 529-5501 ext.229 Email: email@example.com