With so many billions of cars owned globally it’s easy to see how our atmospheric pollution could be contributing to the current climate change issues. With fuel prices and concerns about carbon emissions on the rise, it’s never been more important for motorists to understand the techniques of eco-driving. Help the environment and help save money on fuel at the same time – making these adjustments to the way you drive will have more than one benefit. At Wrong Fuel Expert, we think being environmentally friendly is important, which is why all of our technicians are trained in the eco-friendly fuel removal techniques. Here are our suggestions to help you achieve the best eco-friendly driving.
A huge part of driving in an eco-friendly manner is planning your routes. This will help to ensure that you have found the shortest and fastest route to your destination. You can achieve this by either using an online route planner, or using vehicle tracking. A tracking system will be able to map the routes that the driver takes and use the data to calculate a faster route. Businesses that require fleets of vehicles are already using this technology and this type of forward planning will contribute enormously towards reducing emissions.
Use the right gear
Ensuring that you are using the right gear is a great way to save fuel and lower emissions. Not many drivers realise it, but cruising in third gear can be 25 per cent less efficient than cruising in fifth gear. Higher gears generally consume less fuel, so shifting up a gear as soon as it is sensible will help to reduce fuel consumption. You may lose some of the power in contrast to using a lower gear, but environmental gains are significant.
Slow down early
The ‘stop-start’ driving style when making your way through cities and towns is a fast way to increase fuel consumption. When drivers are faced with traffic lights and control traffic areas they constantly have to accelerate and then kill their speed again. Instead of keeping your foot on the accelerator and then breaking at the last minute, remove your foot from the accelerator earlier. This will help you to come to a lighter stop which will save you fuel, lower emissions and also make you a safer driver.
No need for speed
There are many reasons why you shouldn’t speed, but from the perspective of eco-friendly driving, speeding can have a drastic effect on emissions and fuel efficiency. It’s important to find a lower speed range that you feel comfortable with, which does not break the law. Most cars usually perform best at around 55-65 MPH.
Reduce the clutter
It doesn’t take much to realise that your car will need more power to run if it is heavier. More power means increased fuel consumption, so it’s important to check your vehicle for any unnecessary weight. Left over items from your holidays, old work equipment and items you’ve been meaning to sell at a boot sale should be in your house, not on your back seats. As far as carbon emissions and fuel efficiency go, this won’t yield enormous benefits. However, it will definitely contribute positively in conjunction with the other techniques.
Switch Off Extras
One of the smaller contributions to eco-driving is simply switching off the electrics in your car when you don’t need them. Air conditioning and heated screens take up huge amounts of power and energy, which will also cut your fuel economy. Driving with the windows open on the other hand will create drag. Try to find a balance that helps to keep you comfortable without going overboard on the use of electrics. Simple changes such as these will help you to save money and the environment.