Published on April 4th, 2017 | by Danielle Williams
Be a Green Driver with These 7 Eco-driving Tips.
It’s a new season – so get ready for a fresh start in every aspect of your life. You’ll probably be cleaning your home and garage to get rid of unwanted junk. You might even start to eat better for a cleaner you. So why not do the same for your car and making it more fuel-friendly and green. Not everyone has the money to buy a fuel-efficient car, but with these simple eco-friendly changes to the way you drive, you’ll be able to become a ‘greener’ driver.
- Keep your car maintained for fuel efficiency. Ensure your tires are inflated and the tire pressure is correct. As well, make sure the air filter is clean and the oil levels are topped up. With regular tune-ups, your car will be well-maintained and can reduce fuel consumption. It’s always best to follow your vehicle’s owner’s manual to keep the car running in its finest shape.
- Use cruise control, when you can. If driving on flat and dry terrain, use cruise control since it maintains a steady speed. The consistent speed helps with fuel economy. But make sure to turn off the cruise control when driving on hilly roads.
- Being idle doesn’t help. Turn off the engine. Whenever you pull over to stop or make a call, turn off the engine and do not leave the car idling – it takes less fuel to re-start your vehicle than to keep it running.
- Remove additional weight and racks from car. If your car is carrying any extra weight, like a loaded roof rack or junk in your truck, it decreases the fuel efficiency because of the drag. So take out those golf clubs and remove the roof rack when not in use.
- Drive less, start a carpool or take transit. It’s obvious – driving less will reduce fuel consumption. Consider carpooling, taking transit, riding your bike or even joining a car sharing service. Even if it’s just for one day a week, you can save some money and the planet.
- Turn off the AC. Air conditioning and seat heaters add strain to your battery and in turn makes your engine work harder. So use them sparingly and open your windows and sunroof when driving at city speed.
- Slow down and save money. Did you know fuel consumption starts to increase above 90 km/hr? By reducing highway speed and maintaining a steady pace, you use less fuel.
Tip: You should also accelerate smoothly, avoid jack rabbit starts and late breaking. It’s best to leave a two-second space behind the vehicle in front of you.
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