Your driving style has a big impact on your vehicle’s fuel consumption and your environmental carbon footprint.
You can purchase or lease the most environmentally-friendly car around, but if you drive it like a bat out of hell, or use it too much, you undo all the benefits.
Save and Reduce
Fortunately there are some things you can do to save cash and reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. Here are some environmental driving tips from us at Perrys.
Top Green Tips
- Get your car serviced regularly. A well-maintained vehicle is always going to be greener – and safer.
- Ensure you are using the correct engine oil; if you have any worries look at your car’s handbook. Make sure your oil is checked on a regular basis – and if you need to top it up, make sure you use the right grade of oil.
- Try and avoid unnecessary loads. Putting too much weight on your car will use up more fuel. Take the pram out of the boot if you’re not travelling with your children. Unscrew any unused roof racks, roof boxes or cycle racks, as they will also burn up fuel more quickly.
- Keep an eye on your tyre pressures – under-inflated tyres waste fuel. Read your handbook as some cars now have an efficiency option in their settings for tyre pressures.
- Where possible, select a parking bay you can drive out of quickly. Time spent moving in and out of a space with a cold engine simply wastes fuel. Try to reverse into the parking slot so you can drive away more easily.
Green driving is all about taking a gentler approach when accelerating and braking. It’s also about looking as far ahead as possible to plan a smooth route through traffic. What’s the point in rushing to the next set of traffic lights, only to to sit and wait? These tips can make a significant difference to your pocket and to the quality of the air we breathe.