Driving Tips

05 September 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

       I know this is a departure from my usual writings but I wanted to share. Three months ago my wife to be leased a new 2014 Toyota Rav4 and recently I traded my F-150 for a Toyota Tundra. The one is a 4 cylinder and the other is an 8 cylinder or a 2.5 liter and a 5.7 liter. All car companies advertise the fuel consumption for Highway/City driving and an average for both. Having driven the 2 new vehicles for almost a total of 7500 km I managed to get a fuel consumption reading on both vehicles lower than the advertised highway mileage. I told the Dealership and they were amazed. I then started to look at my driving habits. What I found was I have a habit of letting the vehicle drive itself instead of pushing it. I noticed most people step hard on the gas when leaving a dead stop then slamming the brakes at a stop. I prefer driving like I was driving a motorcycle. Allow the vehicle to pick up speed a little slower and anticipate areas where I may need to brake ( taking a curve ) or stop. With everyone complaining about the cost of fuel at the pumps, why leave a dead stop like you were at a race track then jump on the brakes at last possible moment when stopping. The road I live on is a very windy and hilly road. It is also used for the fall colour tours. It amazes me how some drivers usually weekenders, keep speeding up then braking for a curve or a hill. I stick to one speed and still get to my destination just as fast and save a lot of gas. Recently I was in the big city and was driving on a street that had stop signs at every block ( 5-6 of them ) the driver in front of me would punch the gas when leaving from a dead stop and wait to the last minute and brake hard to stop at the next block. I would leave the same stop and gradually pick up speed and then reduce speed by taking my foot off the gas pedal before getting to the stop then braking. All thru these stop and go’s I was still right behind this car. Who saved gas and who got to their destination first? Answer: we both arrived at the same time. Between gas consumption and wear/tear on the brakes, who do you think is saving on the life of the vehicle and money?

     I will admit that some younger drivers probably think that I drive like a “pepe”, grandfather or a real old senior citizen but on the other hand what makes the most sense and who is breaking the fuel consumption record?