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We've made the case, time and time again, that our Chevy trucks are not only extremely powerful, but also exceptionally fuel efficient. But with fuel prices at high record levels, everyone's looking for extra ways to help save them money at the pump.
With that in mind, here are a few easy pointers to help you conserve fuel, improve your mileage and contribute to a cleaner Canada.
Maintain good aerodynamics.
As air rushes over your truck's cab, it pushes on the tailgate and creates drag that can make you use more fuel. Using a tonneau cover allows air to flow off the back of the truck, instead of into the bed.
Respect the speed limit. Use cruise control.
If you drive within the speed limit at all times, your vehicle consumes a lot less fuel. Most vehicles use about 20% more fuel if driven at 110 km per hour than they use at 90 km per hour. Using cruise control can also provide additional savings.
Quick starts tend to burn a lot of fuel. Try applying a little pressure on the accelerator at first, then gradually speeding up when your truck gains momentum.
Avoid idling and rush hour traffic.
You're burning fuel while idling. So, avoid rush hour traffic when possible and keep unnecessary idling to a minimum.
Open windows at slow speeds. Use A/C on highways.
Around town, turn your air conditioning off and put the windows down. On the highway, open windows create drag at speeds of 60 km per hour or more, so put them up and use the air conditioning.
Keep your tires properly inflated.
Low tire pressure can cost you. Not only is it important from a safety point of view to keep your tires at the recommended pressure, it also costs you at the pump; up to 5% more fuel is required to roll a set of 35 to 55 kPa (5 to 8 psi) under-inflated tires.
Use the correct fuel grade.
Use the fuel grade recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. In addition, TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is even better for your vehicle. It is a class of gasoline with enhanced detergency that meets the voluntary deposit control standards developed by four automotive companies, including General Motors. Visit your local Goodwrench Dealer for more information on the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline you should use in your truck.
Don't accelerate up hill.
Build up speed before an incline, and then maintain it on the way up. Coast on the way down for additional fuel efficiency.
By following these helpful fuel-saving tips, you'll be doing your part to help the environment and saving yourself a few dollars along the way. For more driving and maintenance tips, please visit Goodwrench Service .
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