How To Be An Eco-Friendly Driver

Even drivers know the importance of reducing their impact on the environment. But when we rely on our cars for so much in modern society, what can be done to reduce the environmental effect of driving a car?

Simply put, being an eco-friendly driver means using as little fuel as possible. Using less fuel will also save you money, so there are personal benefits to driving more efficiently too!

Here are a few simple tips you can follow to reduce the amount of fuel you’re using when out and about:

  • Maintain your car
  • Slim down your vehicle
  • Idling
  • Sensible driving

A car that is serviced regularly will run much smoother and efficiently than one that isn’t. If you neglect your car it will end up burning through more fuel, which will ultimately end up burning a hole in your pocket. Simple fixes, such as ensuring correct tire pressure and that oil changes are undertaken, will make sure your car runs at optimum efficiency.

Carrying more weight means you’re going to burn through more fuel. Ditch any unnecessary weight your car may be carrying; roof-top boxes and boots full of junk are a common occurrence – they are unnecessary and will increase your fuel consumption.

Knowing when to keep your engine idle and when to switch it off is an important part of reducing your carbon footprint. Stopping and starting uses more fuel than idling if you are only waiting for a short time (under 3 mins). Most new models are equipped with stop-start technology, so you don’t have to worry, but in older models it is good to know when to idle and when to switch off.

Never idle your engine to warm it up, the best way to warm your engine up is to drive. Idling simply wastes valuable fuel.

Drive as smoothly as you can; sudden acceleration, harsh braking, and using the wrong gear all burn up fuel. Speeding is another way of burning through unnecessary fuel, keep below 60 as much as you can, except on motorways of course.

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