Warm up your vehicle before to go.
A cold engine is at it's worse for fuel consumption, engine wear and exhaust emission. The best way to warm up your vehicle by driving it at a moderate speed, rather than idling the engine. In a cold winter days only 60 seconds of idling is needed. This time will be sufficient to defrost a windows and free your vehicle of snow. REMEMBER: If you when you let your vehicle to idle longer than 10 seconds you burn more fuel than you would restart the engine.
Avoid speeding. Do not drive agressively.
Hard acceleration and hard bracking increase fuel consumption by up to 39%. Agressive driving increases fuel consumption by up to 39% and production of needless CO2 emmision. Incresing speed from 100 km/h to 120 km/h may increase your fuel comsumption by 20%. Smooth and steady rolling in traffic is more fuel efficient than frequent stops and starts.
Use of cruise control saves fuel by keeping your speed constant.
Remove unnecessary load. Roof, ski racks, unnecessary items in your trunk change aerodynamics of your vehicle and add weigh. This will result in waisted fuel. Use only what you need and when you need it.
Air conditioning increase fuel consumption by up to 20%.
Check your tires pressure. If your tires under-inflated, fuel consupmtion will increase. For every 4 pounds per square inch of under inflation fuel consumption increase by 2%. Check tires pressure at list once a month and when they are cold. Pressure in a hot tires will be higher than when they are cold. The correct tires inflation informaation for your vehicle may be found on the inside edge of driver's door.
Weather is very predictable in Vancouver. It always rains :)
You probably noticed that amount of car accidents dramatically increases during rainy days. Do you know how easy to lose control of your vehicle on a wet road? What are you going to do if you find yourself in a skid or hydroplaning?
It's not just frightening experience, it's completely nerve-wracking.