Curious? By following steps below we hope to make your trip more sustainable while driving. This is not only good for the environment but can also severely reduce costs.
a) Don’t idle the car for more than one minute.
b) Drive the speed limit, or below, for better mileage.
c) Avoid sudden bursts of speed, tailgating and pumping the accelerator pedal.
d) Keep tires at the recommended air pressure.
e) Always take the shortest route with the best roads.
f) Out on the open highway keep windows rolled up to reduce drag.
g) Using a vehicle’s air conditioner on a hot summer day increases fuel consumption. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation on your car instead of the air-con.
Before you leave:
a) Leave promptly: don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go as idling wastes fuel and the engine warms up more quickly when you’re not moving.
b) Don’t get lost: plan unfamiliar journeys to reduce the risk of getting lost and check the traffic news before you leave.
a) Easy does it: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.
b) Decelerate smoothly: when you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear.
c) Rolling: if you can keep the car moving all the time, so much the better; stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling.
d) Turn it off: electrical loads increase fuel consumption, so turn off your heated rear windscreen, demister blowers and headlights, when you don’t need them.
e) Stick to speed limits: the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution.
f) Don’t idle: if you do get caught in a queue, avoid wasting fuel – turn the engine off when it looks like you could be waiting for more than a minute.