Driving green to keep the planet clean
Stats show that transport accounts for 23% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is quite a significant chunk, and with an estimated 31.7 million cars on the road, it’s hardly surprising.
We’re not suggesting you should leave your car at home and make a ten mile commute to work on foot, but there’s a whole range of things that we can all do to reduce our emissions when driving.
Here’s our top tips!
1.Stop using your car as a mobile storage space
We’re all guilty of keeping clutter in our car. Whether its gym stuff, tools, or clothes, it all adds extra weight.
The heavier your vehicle is, the harder the engine has to work to make it move, meaning more fuel emissions. Clearing out your car cuts down your emissions and means you’ll spend far less money as you won’t need to buy fuel so often!
2.Drive smooth and steady
Erratically stopping and starting means that you are shifting to your lower gears and making your engine work harder. Ensuring your driving is smooth, remaining in high gears for as long as possible, without abruptly stopping and starting your engine, will help you to have far better fuel economy.
3.Keep your tyres properly inflated
A deflated tyre means there is much more resistance between the wheel and the road surface, so your car has to work extra hard to increase its speed. Keep an eye on tyre pressures by visiting your local petrol station and checking that the PSI or Bar level of your tyres matches the recommended level listed in your car owner’s manual or on the inside of your petrol cap.
4.Use your air conditioning less
There’s nothing worse than a boiling hot car, but if you’re driving under 60 miles an hour, open your windows to cool down rather than cranking up the air conditioning. This can actually reduce your fuel consumption by up 5%!
5.Remove roof racks after use
If you use a roof rack to transport bikes or luggage, remember to remove it once you’ve finished your journey. Cars are designed to be sleek and aerodynamic. Adding a roof rack to the equation increases drag, slowing your car down and requiring extra output from your engine to compensate.