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30 | CAA MAGAZINE My car isn't geing anywhere near the mileage it's supposed to. How can I improve my fuel economy? Michael Schmidt: Regular factory maintenance is super important: make sure your air filters and fluids are fresh. Proper tire pressure, as per manufacturer specifications, can also help. Low tire pressure causes a lot of drag, which will require more energy to keep your car moving. Shedding excess weight in the vehicle will also help. Remove roof racks and bike racks when they're not in use. Finally, watch your driving habits. Accelerate gently and stick to the speed limit. The higher the engine RPMs, the more fuel that's consumed. Ryan Peterson: And avoid excessive idling and warm-up. One of the most common causes of excess fuel consumption is lengthy periods of idling and warm-up, especially in winter. Q: Should I consider buying an electric car? Should Q: Should I consider buying an electric car? I consider buying an electric car? RP: A A resounding yes. Today's electric vehicles are fast, nimble, quiet and loaded with resounding yes. Today's electric vehicles are fast, nimble, quiet and loaded with cuing-edge technology. Many electric vehicles can travel more than 400 kilometres on a ng-edge cuing-edge technology. Many electric vehicles can travel more than 400 kilometres on a technology. Many electric vehicles can travel more than 400 kilometres on a charge. And if your baery needs a top-up, Canada has more than 6,000 public charging e. charge. And if your baery needs a top-up, Canada has more than 6,000 public charging And if your baery needs a top-up, Canada has more than 6,000 public charging stations, according to Natural Resources Canada. ns, stations, according to Natural Resources Canada. according to Natural Resources Canada. While their sticker prices are relatively high, electric cars are much cheaper to run than le While their sticker prices are relatively high, electric cars are much cheaper to run than their sticker prices are relatively high, electric cars are much cheaper to run than their gas-powered cousins and require far less maintenance. When you consider the costs as-powered their gas-powered cousins and require far less maintenance. When you consider the costs cousins and require far less maintenance. When you consider the costs between an EV and a vehicle that runs on gas over the course of a decade—which is roughly n between an EV and a vehicle that runs on gas over the course of a decade—which is roughly an EV and a vehicle that runs on gas over the course of a decade—which is roughly how long most Canadians own a new car—that makes many electric vehicles less expensive g how long most Canadians own a new car—that makes many electric vehicles less expensive most Canadians own a new car—that makes many electric vehicles less expensive to own over time. (For more on electric vehicles, see "Charged Up" on page 19.) ver time. (For more on electric vehicles, see "Charged Up" on page 19.)

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