LEARN TO DRIVE ECO-SAFELY!
Every time you drive you're emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. This greenhouse gas is believed to be one of the main contributors to climate change. The good news is you can do something about it!
Driving at an appropriate speed and within the speed limit is not only safer for all road users but also reduces your CO2 emissions and fuel costs. Most cars are designed to deliver reasonable fuel economy at 55-60MPH but their best fuel economy is delivered at nearer 45 MPH. Also it should be remembered that driving at 70mph uses 15% more fuel than driving at 50mph!
Avoid hard acceleration and braking. Change gear at about 2000rpm in a diesel car or 2500rpm in a petrol car. Only change down gear once you have slowed down to an appropriate speed or the engine will be high-revving and fuel hungry. These measures will also reduce wear and tear on your vehicle together with associated repair costs.
Observe, anticipate and plan ahead so that you can avoid unnecessary stopping and starting (e.g. use engine braking). Also plan ahead to keep up momentum wherever possible (e.g. downhill may be possible to lift off the gas pedal - when modern engines will cut off the fuel - and let gravity take over; uphill accelerate to pick up speed on approach on the flat - where resistance is less - and use that momentum to get at least part way up the hill after which the lower gear and a steady gas pedal will get you up the hill economically).
Service your car regularly and according to the Manufacturer's schedule to maintain engine efficiency - Poor maintenance increases fuel consumption by up to 10%!
Check your car handbook for the correct tyre pressures and regularly ensure your tyres are at the correct pressures - Every 1psi underinflated increases fuel consumption by 0.5%!
Remove any unnecessary weight (e.g. from the boot) and remove roof racks and luggage boxes when not being used - Every 45kg of excess weight increases fuel consumption by 2%!
Plan your route to avoid peak-times and known congested roads whenever possible.
Consider car sharing, avoid using your car for short journeys and use public transport whenever possible.
If your car has them, use cruise control whenever appropriate and only use the air conditioning when you need to - Air conditioning increases fuel consumption by 13-20%!
Switch off the engine if you are in a queue for a long time.
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