10 tips for preserving the environment by using fuel efficiently
Eco driving implies driving in a way adapted to modern engine technologies. This could help reduce fuel consumption (by 10-20%), cut GHG emissions and rate of traffic accidents.
- Follow your service intervals and check your engine oil. Regularly maintained cars are more efficient and release less CO2.
- Check your tyre pressure at least once a month. Insufficient pressure increases fuel consumption by up to 4%.
- Remove unnecessary items from your trunk or backseat. When heavier, the car consumes more fuel.
- Keep your windows closed, especially at higher speeds. Remove empty roof racks to reduce the drag and CO2 emissions by up to 10%.
- Use A/C only when necessary. When turned on, A/C increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 5%.
- Start driving as soon as you start the engine – the engine does not require warming up. Turn off the engine if the car stand still for more than a minute. Modern engines allow driving right after ignition.
- Drive moderately and at a reasonable speed. Each time you push the accelerator pedal to the floor or hit the brakes, engine uses more fuel and emits more CO2.
- When accelerating, shift up as soon as possible. Driving at low engine speeds helps save fuel. It is recommended to shift gears between 2,000 and 2,500 RPM.
- When driving try to anticipate situations in traffic. Keep an eye on what is going on to avoid unnecessary braking and accelerating.
- Always try driving someone with you, to help reduce traffic jams and fuel consumption.