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March 01, 2017

Gas Prices are Going Up - Here are Some Tips to Save Gas

Pumping_gasI don’t know about where you live, but gas prices are definitely going up where I live. My vehicle uses premium gas and right now it’s around 1.25/litre meaning close to $80.00 a fill up and the prices are supposed to keep going up! A few years ago I remember paying 1.50/lt and it’s supposed to go higher this time around. So here are some tips to saving gas while you drive:

  • Combine your trips - sounds so simple but if you live in town sometimes it’s easy to just run out and get things as you think of them. A warmed up engine is more fuel-efficient. When you first start your engine even if you live in a warm climate it is cold and it burns more gas.
  • Don’t waste gas by idling - how many times have you gone through the drive through lately or are waiting for someone. If you are going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, shut your car off and restart it when it’s time to move.
  • Change your spark plugs - seems that nowadays spark plugs last forever, but a fouled spark plug can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Drive with windows open if you are going less then 60km/hr. Obviously I wouldn’t suggest this in the winter but in the summer time for sure. If you are going over 60 km/hr. then close your windows, as your car will be more aerodynamically efficient.
  • Check your tire pressure - Most people have at least one under inflated tire on their vehicle. When your tires are low it creates a greater rolling resistance and the engine has to work harder to get through the air. Kind of like riding a bike with low air. You have to work a lot of harder to pedal the bike!
  • Don’t use cruise control in hilly areas - If you are using cruise control and going up and down hills what happens is the engine holds you back as you are going down the hill to try and maintain the speed you’ve set the cruise control at and as you go up the hill the transmission will have to downshift to give you the necessary power to get up the hill. Keep your momentum up as you go down the hill to help you get up the hill.
  • Get rid of the extra weight - are you driving around with your kids hockey equipment and your gym equipment and water softener salt in the back of your car? If so, you are going to burn more gas
  • Take off your roof rack - if you don’t use it, take it off.
  • Keep your car clean - believe it or not a clean car will glide through the air more efficiently than a really dirty one.

Kelly_Williams_with_tireRace car driver, educator, safety advocate, TV personality, Kelly Williams started racing cars at 17 years old and continued to race for 15 years. Now she works in the automotive industry, teaching women about taking care of their vehicles. She also teaches performance driver training with BMW as well as other manufacturers, keeps busy as a spokesperson for Be Car Care Aware, hosts ladies' Car Care clinics across Canada, and has recently launched a new consumer website www.KellysGarage.ca

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December 04, 2015

Multiply Gas Savings During Holiday Travel with Simple Vehicle Maintenance

Santa_driving_car-iStock_000029555592-Trish233Thanksgiving officially opened the holiday travel season, with approximately 42 million Americans expected to have taken road trips over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA.com.

Today's very low gas prices (the lowest since 2008) are encouraging travelers to hit the highways for the holidays, especially as the AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average is poised to drop to below $2 per gallon by the Christmas holiday.

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August 25, 2014

A New Breed of Sexy Girl Hamsters Introduces the All-New 2015 Kia Soul EV

9207_KIA_MOTORS_ICONIC_HAMSTERS_TURN_SCIENCE_LAB_INTO_HOTBED_OF_INNOVATION_INScheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the all-electric, zero-emissions Soul EV is the centerpiece of Kia’s Clean Mobility program and the brand’s first-ever mass-marketed electric vehicle.

Since bursting on the scene in 2009 as “a new way to roll,” the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle – and an accompanying trio of music-loving hamsters – has become a genuine phenomenon, with U.S. sales of the iconic people mover increasing every year.

Now, with “geek chic” newly added to the dictionary, the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) award-winning ad campaign finds the hamsters inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create the most innovative and eco-friendly Soul yet -- and a herd of sexy female hamsters as well. BUT: Are these Kia Girl Hamsters just way too sexy? We want your opinion!

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August 20, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Fuel efficient carsYou don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. Thanks to Toyota for sharing this animated infographic that shows all the ways driving a Toyota Prius has benefitted the environment.

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August 01, 2014

The Truth About the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

12_2105_mitsubishi_mirage-coastline-basIMG_7910It’s a fact that the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive, super fuel-efficient subcompact five-door hatchback.

It’s a fact that in base DE trim with a manual transmission and no extras, the Mirage has an MSRP that starts at $12,995, though it can price as high as $17,920 in ES trim with a CVT transmission and additional options. (Note that these figures do not include $810 destination and delivery fees.)

It’s also a fact that based on EPA ratings the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car currently for sale in the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower, and promises fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, with 40 mpg combined.

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June 16, 2014

Bad Driving Costs You Money: Drive Smart To Save $$$!

Did you know that practicing good driving habits can save you money? As you and your family hit the road this summer, you can save money by the mile with these cost-saving driving tips.

According to research presented by such sources as the Department of Energy, Safe Motorist, and Earth Easy, the average driver who follows these tips could save from $675 to $1582 per year based on a national average of 25 miles per gallon and an average number of 15,000 miles driven within the United States.

Many thanks to Michelin for summarizing all the info into the easy to read infographic below!

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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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February 11, 2014

Viva Volvo Las Vegas: Notes from Volvo's 2015 S60 Drive-E Reveal

2015_Volvo_S60_Las_Vegas-frontviewFront Page News:  The Volvo Car Group is undertaking an $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace.

New for 2014: The Swedish company just revealed a trio of 2015 Volvo 60-series models with the new Drive-E powertrains.  The trio consists of the V60 station wagon, S60 sedan, and XC60 crossover.

The skinny? In what's noted as the largest refresh in the company’s history, the four-cylinder lightweight, low-emission engines were developed in Sweden and will be implemented on each new model that Volvo rolls out in the near future.

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December 27, 2013

Cadillac Makes Electric Luxurious With the ELR Coupe

Palm Springs is an oasis for mid-century modern homes designed by legendary architects like Neutra and Eichler for luminaries including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. The style emphasizes one-story structures with flat roofs, clean lines, walls of glass, ample windows and open floor plans. It was this type of design that inspired Cadillac’s Converj, the concept that the 2014 Cadillac ELR was based on.

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