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Eco Driving Tips

Date: Fri 20th July 2018   |   Author: L Blake

Eco driving tips

Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, it goes without saying that the more fuel you use, the more your journeys will cost. Not only that but the exhaust fumes are far from environmentally friendly. Whilst driving is a simple pleasure for some, for others it can be a necessity to get from A to B. We’ve compiled a list of handy eco driving tips that could help you save some money and do your bit for the environment.

Maintenance

Car maintenance is a year-round chore for all car owners but it is an essential task that can prevent damage to your vehicle and ensure your safety. A well maintained car is likely to perform better and be more environmentally friendly than a car that hasn’t been looked after properly. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Regular servicing – for best efficiency, get your car serviced on a regular basis. This is a good way to detect any issues and fix them prior to your MOT test, keeping your car safe and your costs down.
  • Check your oil – you should find the right specification of engine oil for your car and keep your oil level topped up. Using the wrong engine oil and not topping up regularly can lead to further problems.
  • Check your tyres – tyres that are under inflated cause you to use more fuel. They also increase the risk of your tyre getting a puncture or blowing out completely.

Before your journey

There are a few simple ways that you can cut back on fuel usage before you begin your journey. Here are some of our eco-friendly tips to practice before you hit the road!

Don’t be a drag – using bicycle racks, roof racks and roof boxes will affect your car’s aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency. To reduce drag, remove these items when they are not in use.

  • Don’t hang around – idling in your car with the engine running wastes fuel. If you have pulled over and won’t be moving for a few minutes, switch the engine off. In colder months, de-ice your car rather than leaving the engine running for the car to warm up.
  • Plan your route – getting lost and driving round in circles wastes fuel. If you can, try to plan your route in advance or use a sat-nav so that you know where you are going.
  • Shed the weight – extra weight means extra fuel. So if there are items in your car that you won’t be needing during your trip, take them out and store them elsewhere.

Eco driving tips

Here are some of our top eco-friendly driving tips:

  • Try to avoid harsh acceleration. When you can, try to let the momentum of the car take you forward instead.
  • If your car has cruise control, try to use it when appropriate. By doing so, your car will maintain a continuous steady speed and will prevent the varying of the intake of fuel.
  • Select the highest gear possible for the speed you are driving, as soon as you can. Revving your engine in a low gear will consume a large amount of fuel.
  • Stick to the speed limit. Driving faster will consume more fuel. For example, driving at 70mph uses 9% more fuel than driving at 60mph and up to 15% more than driving at 50mph.
  • Using your air conditioning system for long periods of time will increase fuel consumption when you are in stop/start traffic or are driving at a low speed. However, when driving at high speeds the effect is less noticeable.
  • Where possible, opt for rolling down your windows instead and save the air con for high-speed driving.
  • When approaching speed bumps, try to drive at a constant steady speed. Your car will consume a lot more fuel if you are braking sharply and accelerating between speed bumps.
  • When parking up, try to reverse into the parking bay so that you can drive straight out of it. Reversing uses a lot of fuel when the engine is cold.
  • Where possible, try to avoid taking short journeys. Car engines use more fuel when they are cold. It can take up to six miles for your catalytic converter to become effective.

We hope you found this article on eco-friendly driving tips helpful. Looking for more environmentally friendly driving tips? Have a read of some of our other articles online.