Although driving a car can be the least sustainable way to travel sometimes, it can also be a necessity. Here we have some tips on how to save on fuel, money and air pollution when driving.
- Be sure to check your tyre pressure regularly, especially before long journeys as under-inflated tyres will use up more fuel.
- Your car will be at its most efficient if it’s been regularly serviced.
On the road:
- Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.
- Stick to the speed limits, the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption.
- Cut down on the air-con; it increases fuel consumption at low speeds.
- Try to keep your car moving even at slow speeds as stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling.
- Newer car models (since 2014) have been fitted with gear shift indicators, these encourage you to use the most efficient gear for your speed. Try changing gears at an engine speed of 2,000 rpm for diesel, or 2,500 for petrol.
Before you set off:
- Although handy to have when needed, roof-racks and boxes increase your fuel consumption, take them off if they’re not being used to reduce drag and save on fuel.
- Lose any unnecessary baggage, extra weight means extra fuel!
- Plan ahead and know where you’re going. Getting lost lengthens journeys and also means using up more fuel.
- Combine short trips, cold starts use more fuel so it pays to group your errands together when you can.
- Start your engine when you’re ready to set off on your journey, an idle engine wastes fuel and your engine will warm up quicker when you’re moving too.