The rising cost of living, including fuel prices, affects us all. Many of us are also increasingly aware of our impact on the environment.
Reducing your car’s emissions is good for the environment and promotes more sustainable transportation. A cleaner car will also perform better, increase fuel economy and be cheaper to run.
Here are some tips to help you save money and limit environmental impact when driving.
1. Maintain your car regularly
Regular maintenance and servicing will improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. This includes making sure your tires are at the correct pressure to reduce drag. You should be able to find the recommended tire pressure on the driver’s door or in your car’s manual.
2. Monitor speed and acceleration
Avoiding speeding and reducing unnecessary acceleration and braking are essential for fuel-efficient driving. The best way to do this is to change gears as quickly as possible and drive the highest gear possible for your vehicle within the speed limit. Maintaining an appropriate distance from the car in front of you will help avoid hard braking and having to accelerate to get back to full speed.
3. Plan your trip
Try to avoid driving during rush hour, especially long journeys, so you don’t waste fuel in rush hour traffic. If your car is equipped with an automatic engine stop or start function, use it whenever possible to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
Plan your trip in advance to find the most efficient route to save fuel and driving time. Travel light if you can to minimize the weight of your car and reduce fuel consumption.
Use your car less when you can to reduce fuel consumption and usage. Sharing your car with others on the same journey, such as going to work or school, or even on longer journeys, is another eco-friendly option.
5. Consider changing cars if you can
Newer cars are generally more efficient, produce fewer emissions and are more environmentally friendly.
A hybrid electric vehicle or battery electric vehicle are the greenest options, producing little or no emissions during operation.
The Green Vehicle Guide can help you choose your next car and offers simple vehicle guides and tools that can help you drive greener and cheaper, including: