Driving your car with an eco-friendly attitude has never been more important than it is today.
Not only does driving your car the smart way help towards reducing harm to the planet, but it will also help you save cash. Smarter driving means using less expensive fuel, which can contribute to global warming when it’s burned in an engine.
There is plenty of advice out there to help you learn more about how to drive your car in an environmentally friendly way, such as this advice from the DSA.
If you still want to know more, have a look at this simple checklist and bear it in mind the next time you’re taking your car out for a spin.
1. Drive less
Just as you’re about to get into your car – consider if there’s an alternative. Do you really need to drive? Or could you hop on a bus, cycle or even walk there?
About 20 per cent of car journeys in the UK are less than one mile in distance, which means road trips, traffic congestion, emissions and money spent on fuel could all be reduced by opting for an alternative.
2. Transport less
The more weight you are carrying in your car, the more fuel you’ll consume. Make sure you take out unnecessary items that will make your engine work harder to get you where you need to go.
3. Drive smoothly
If you drive in a low gear while accelerating and decelerating frequently, then you’re operating your car in one of the most ineffective ways in terms of fuel consumption.
Instead try accelerating to your target speed quickly and then maintaining this as a constant for as long as possible. Driving at gentle speeds in higher gears reduce fuel consumption.
4. Fill up well
If you fill your tank up only halfway and do so in hot weather, your petrol will evaporate more quickly and be wasted. Instead, fill up properly as soon you reach half a tank, and try to do so on a cold day when possible (sadly, all too easy in the British summer). Also, filling up slowly will reduce evaporation.
5. Buy a new car
Old cars are less fuel efficient because as the decades have passed, new car engine technology has advanced greatly in terms of fuel economy. So a great way to reduce the emissions of the gas that causes global warming (carbon dioxide) is to buy a new car that has a high number of miles to the gallon.
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With climate change and damage now a reality, there has never been more reason to drive eco-smart. The fact that doing so will also help save you money is yet another incentive.