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Under-inflated tires are estimated to cost Canadian light-duty vehicle owners almost 643 million litres of fuel annually. At $1 per litre for regular unleaded gasoline, that amounts to more than $625 million a year in wasted fuel
In addition to increasing fuel consumption, improper tire maintenance also shortens the life of your tires. Replacing your tires more often means that more tires go to landfills or recycling and more energy is then used to produce new tires or to recycle old ones. Canadians dispose of 28 million used tires every year, many of which end up in landfills. This has an impact on climate change, the environment and our health
Your choice of transmission will directly affect the cost of the vehicle and its fuel consumption. As a general rule, a manual transmission is more fuel-efficient than an automatic one, assuming you shift properly. If you buy an automatic, the more gears, the better
Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive offer superior traction, but the weight and friction of their additional parts can increase fuel consumption by 5 to 10% compared with two-wheel drive vehicles. How often do you use this option? Is it worth the extra fuel cost for as long as you own the vehicle?
Many options increase fuel consumption by adding weight, increasing aerodynamic drag, or drawing extra power from the engine. Are you willing to pay a fuel penalty for as long as you own your vehicle just to have the convenience of options such as power windows, seats and mirrors?