Protecting the environment is extremely important to us here at The Green Journey and therefore helping motorists to drive in a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly manner is one of our top priorities.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide to greener driving, offering drivers some simple tips on how to be more efficient behind the wheel.
Why should everyone drive greener?
Driving in a greener manner offers myriad benefits for motorists. It helps drivers to reduce their overall monthly fuel bills by improving a vehicle’s mpg, while cars that require less fuel to cover the same journeys emit lower levels of harmful emissions than vehicles driving in a less environmentally-friendly way.
Reducing levels of CO2 emissions from the transport sector has been strongly linked to helping to tackle the issue of climate change. Meanwhile, cars that emit lower levels of other harmful emissions can have a positive impact on air quality in our communities.
10 top tips on greener driving
Here are some of the most important behaviours for drivers hoping to boost their fuel efficiency and get on top of the green driving basics:
- Check tyre pressures: Under-inflated tyres require more force to turn. Therefore, a vehicle will use more fuel when tyre pressures are not correctly calibrated.
- Brake and accelerate smoothly: Aggressive braking and acceleration use far more fuel than maintaining a constant speed as the engine has to work harder.
- Change gear at the right time: Avoiding excess revs by changing gear at the right time will avoid higher fuel consumption. At slower speeds, drivers should change down gears to improve fuel efficiency even further.
- Avoid high speeds: Most vehicles are more efficient when travelling between 50 and 80 mph. Speeding has been shown to increase fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent.
- Don’t carry extra weight: Extra weight in a vehicle means the engine has to work harder and consume more fuel to accelerate. Removing excess weight means lower fuel consumption.
- Avoid idling the engine: When the car is at a standstill it continues to consume fuel as the engine ticks over. Most new cars automatically reduce engine idling, but this is something to be aware of for owners of older models.
- Anticipate traffic: Tied into smoother driving overall, the ability to look ahead and anticipate any build-up of traffic means drivers can avoid harsh braking more easily.
- Cut down on air-con: Turning on the air con increases fuel consumption, so use it sparingly.
- Plan journeys in advance: Getting lost can add unnecessary extra miles to any journey, so plan routes in advance or make use of a sat-nav to avoid delays.
- Remove roof racks: Aerodynamic drag can be a killer for mpg. As a result, it makes sense to remove roof racks or boxes when they are not needed to carry extra loads.
By following our top tips drivers could save themselves a great deal of money on extra fuel. At the same time, green driving behaviour helps to safeguard the environment and means we all get to live in cleaner, greener communities.
Steve Clarke, marketing manager at Green Journey, adds: “Greener driving is great for the environment and helps drivers to save money. It can also have a positive impact on your car’s reliability, as these simple changes to behaviour mean there’s less stress being put on the vehicle.”