Avoid High Speeds

Heed the speed limit and save! Most cars, vans, SUVs and pick-up trucks operate most fuel efficiently when travelling between 50 and 80 km/h. Above this optimal speed zone, vehicles consume increasingly more fuel the faster they go.

At 120 km/h, a vehicle uses about 20 percent more fuel than at 100 km/h. On a 25-km trip, this spike in speed—and fuel consumption—would cut just two minutes from your travel time. Consider too that high-speed driving is less safe because people behind the wheel do not have adequate time to respond to hazardous situations.

For example, if it takes ten dollars worth of fuel to drive a certain distance at 100 km/h, it would cost 12 dollars to travel that same distance at 120 km/h. That is like throwing a toonie out the window every 100 km.


[Info4yourlife Intro music]

[Driver gets into the car]

[Turns on the ignition]

[Close-up on speedometer- it reads 60km/hr.]


"Did you know that each vehicle, be it a car, van or light-duty truck has a ‘sweet-spot’? In fact these vehicles are most fuel efficient when driven at speeds ranging from 50 to 80 km per hour. Avoiding high speeds and driving at a speed within your vehicle’s ‘sweet-spot’ may help you save on your gas bills and reduce the CO2 emissions produced by your vehicle."

[Cars on the road]

[Profile of a driver driving a steady speed.]


"Although it may be tempting to put the pedal to the metal when you’re in a rush, driving at a faster speed may not be the most efficient way to get you to your destination. In fact you may not save any significant time or money at all. Generally, the faster a vehicle travels above 80 km per hour the more fuel it consumes. And a vehicle needs 20 per cent more fuel to go 120 km per hour instead of 100 km per hour.

So what does this all mean? Let’s take a look."

[Stock footage driver at gas station filling up on gas.]

[Driver gets in car]

[Super graphic:
$1.00/L X 10.60L = $10.60
$10.60 X 1.20 = $12.72 to travel 100 km.]


"The average fuel consumption of a Canadian vehicle is 10.6 litres per 100 km. At $1.00 per litre, it costs $10.60 to travel 100 km. Raising fuel consumption by increasing your speed to 120 km per hour will require more gas and end up costing you $12.72 for the same trip. That’s like throwing a toonie out the window for every 100 km."

[Graphic depicting red car driving at 120 km/hr and green car driving at 100 km/hr on a 25km trip.]

[Graphic : Chart comparing red and green car’s trip time for a 25km trip.]


"Furthermore, the time saved by driving faster is not always worth the extra cost and fuel emissions. On this 25 km trip the green car drives at a speed of 100 km per hour and arrives to the destination in 15 minutes. The red car uses 20 per cent more fuel to drive at a speed of 120 km per hour and arrives to the destination in 13 minutes. The red car uses 20% more fuel and arrives just 2 minutes before the green car."

[Driver in car- POV? on the road]

[CU on speedometer]


"When it comes to fuel-efficient driving, tapping into your vehicle’s sweet spot and avoiding high speeds is the most fuel efficient and cost efficient way to drive. Not to mention this will help keep our roads safe, protect the Earth from excessive CO2 emissions and put money back in your pocket."

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For more fuel efficient driving tips go to vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca]