Passenger cars make up around 12% of all manmade CO2 emissions in Europe according to European Commission figures and it’s everyone’s responsibility to help reduce these harmful emissions. The way in which we drive can have a significant impact on the amount of fuel we use and by adopting eco-friendly driving techniques you will not only help the environment but save at the pumps to. These simple yet effective measures will help you reduce your carbon footprint and get the most out of every tank of fuel too:
• Looking well ahead on the road and anticipating situations as they arise allows you to brake and accelerate more gently (as well as saving fuel, this is also safer and prolongs the life of your brake pads).
• Observing speed limits – the most fuel-efficient speed for most cars is between 40-60mph, so your mpg increases significantly when you go at 70mph (as opposed to 80-90mph)
• Ensuring that the air pressure of your tyres is at the level recommended in your owner’s manual, and that your vehicle is not carrying unnecessary weight (dog guards when your pet is not in the car, for example).
• Changing gear without placing un-needed pressure on the engine – for example, change up when the rev counter reaches 2,500rpm in a petrol car.
• Using your air conditioning system or heater selectively, and remember to turn off headlights and demisters when there is no need to use them.
• Switching your engine off when your vehicle is likely to be stationary for three minutes or more (the Stop/Start function available on many motors do this automatically).
• Keeping your vehicle adequately serviced and maintained to achieve the best fuel efficiency possible.
Taking these steps could reduce the amount of money you spend on petrol or diesel by up to 25% - which adds up to hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year if you frequently travel long distances for work or leisure.