Eco driving tips: How to be greener

It’s important that, as people and businesses, we take more consideration for the world around us. This might mean employing new ways of driving that ensure our vehicles are a little more eco-friendly on the roads than they otherwise would be. Reducing pollution (but also saving money in the long run) are great reasons for being a little greener behind the wheel, too. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

 

Regularly service your vehicles

It’s very important that you book your vehicles in for regular services every year. Doing so will ensure they’re running as economically as possible. As well as checking that your rear reversing sensors from brigade are working and that your headlights are in tip top condition, you need to give the engine and other key components a thorough checking over. If you neglect to do this task, your vehicles can run less efficiently, which ultimately will cost you more in fuel and oil.

 

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Encourage drivers to be smarter about what they use

Charging phones, heating windows and air conditioning are all things that contribute to the amount of fuel and energy a vehicle uses. So, avoid using these things if you can, or limit them to must-do occasions only. Most of the time, a rolled down window or a quick ten-minute-charge will do the job.

 

Keep the car moving

There are lots of tips and tricks when it comes to actually navigating the roads. Share these tips to others:

 

  • Be smooth – gentle acceleration uses considerably less fuel than slamming your foot on the accelerator like a racing driver.
  • Switch off – many drivers get stuck in traffic en route, as they have to navigate busy town centres and rush hour periods. If you know you’re going to be sat around for a good couple of minutes turn the engine off: it will use considerably less fuel than idling and many new cars have included this feature in their designs with automatic stopping systems to conserve fuel.
  • Keep within the speed limit – driving at 70mph uses considerably more fuel than a casual drive at 50mph… 25% more in fact.

 

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Reduce the weight

Additional weight in any vehicle is going to increase the amount of fuel it consumes to move, so take out any loads that aren’t required for that run and cut down on the fuel consumption.

 

Check the tyre pressure

Under-inflated tyres can contribute towards poor fuel efficiency, therefore generating more air pollution whilst increasing fuel consumption. Always check that your vehicles’ tyres are inflated within the manufacturer’s guidelines. It can also reduce your risk of accidents on the road as properly inflated tyres allow drivers to maneuver and handle vehicles better.

 

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Employing greener ways of driving and maintaining your vehicles will not only mean that you contribute less pollution to the environment, but also means you can save yourself money in the long run. Fill up less, maintain your vehicles and avoid the costly repercussions of an accident. Be green when it comes to driving and reap the rewards!

 

Do you have any tips to share?

 

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