Transportation

Help Your Wallet and the Planet

ecoDriver

EcoDriver offers friendly, driver-to-driver advice, tips, and training for those who wish to cut fuel costs while also reducing their ecological "tire print".

There is a 35% difference between the most and least fuel-efficient drivers on the road. Most can save 10 to 15% with simple changes to their driving habits.

ecoDriver Lunch N'Learn

Available for your event, business or organization

Drivers will learn how to save money on fuel while at the same time reduce their carbon footprint. The seminar will offer practical everyday tips that drivers can incorporate into their daily drive.

Topics include vehicle maintenance for fuel efficiency, how to purchase a fuel efficient vehicle, and transportation alternatives to the car.

Tire pressure clinic

Available for your event, business or organization

A free Tire Pressure Clinic at your business or event engages drivers in understanding the relationship between soft tires and poor fuel economy.

Clinic technicians record the tire pressure for the participants and hand out a complimentary tire pressure gauge as a reminder to check tire pressure monthly.

The benefits of eco driving

The average Canadian family spends at least $9000 a year per car, and about 13% of Canada's carbon dioxide emissions are due to cars and light trucks on our roads. The average car emits one tonne of carbon dioxide every 5,000 kilometres and for those of us who drive, about half our personal greenhouse gas emissions come from driving.

The good news is that there are many ways to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Here are several ways you can save money and lower the amount of emissions in the atmosphere:

Drive efficiently

  • Slow Down and Save: For every 10 km/hour you go over 100 km/hour, fuel efficiency drops by 10%. Driving 120 km/hour on the highway instead of 100 km/hour is like paying 20% extra for gas.
  • Easy on the Pedal: Jackrabbit starts from one stoplight to the next save only 2.5 minutes per hour, but increase fuel consumption by 37%.
  • Smooth Sailing: On the highway, keeping a steady speed uses less fuel. Accelerate smoothly and avoid hard braking by leaving room between your car and the one in front.
  • Be Idle Free: Just ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine. In ten minutes, the average car will burn through 300 mL of fuel--almost 1/3 of a litre.
  • Warm Up on the Go: Today's cars shouldn't idle to be warmed up. In fact, too much idling can cause damage. Driving gently for the first few minutes lets your transmission, steering, and engine warm up at once.
  • Combine Trips: Trips under 5 km are the most pollutant because the engine doesn't reach peak operating temperature. Combining several trips into one can cut fuel use and emissions by 20% to 50%.
  • Travel Light: Every added hundred pounds reduces fuel efficiency by up to 2%. It's important to keep your trunk clear of unnecessary items and remove all snow and ice in the winter months.
  • Make the Most of Your Transmissions: Using overdrive at high speeds saves fuel and reduces engine wear. With a manual transmission, shifting up gently but quickly to higher gears allows the engine to work more efficiently.
  • Use a Fuel Consumption Display: If your car comes with a consumption computer, use it to get instant feedback on fuel use. Drivers who learn to adjust their habits can save up to 10% this way. If your vehicle doesn't have one, they're easy to install.

ecoDriver Clinics Available

To book the ecoDriver Lunch N'Learn or Tire Pressure Clinic for your event, business or organization...

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Eco Driving Tips on Rogers TV

Windfall Ecology Centre has been working with Rogers Community Television in the production of the A Greener York Television Series.

These videos give advice about how to make our neighbourhood more environmentally sustainable and an enjoyable community to live in.

View the E-Bikes Video