top tips: making your driving more eco-friendly

top tips: making your driving more eco-friendly
With concerns about carbon emissions never being out of the news for long, finding ways to make your driving more eco-friendly has never been more important. Plus, driving correctly can save you money too, so it’s a win-win! Follow our top tips to make your driving more eco-friendly.



Maintain Your Speed

For longer journeys, being eco-friendly is all about maintaining a consistent speed. Driving at 70mph uses 15% more fuel than driving at 50mph. This is particularly important on motorways, as driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.


 

Use The Right Gear

Use The Right Gear
Using the right gear is vital for saving fuel. Using the wrong gear can be up to 25% less efficient! When accelerating, ensure prompt gear changes so that the car engine doesn't have to work too hard. Most cars perform at the optimum level around 2000-2500 revs per minute, so aim to maintain this.


 

Shift Some Weight

A heavier car uses more power, and therefore more fuel. If you regularly drive around with sports equipment or shopping in the back of your car, it’s all additional weight that harms the fuel economy of your vehicle.

 


Reduce Air Conditioning Usage

Reduce Air Conditioning Usage
Using your car’s air conditioning can increase fuel costs from 13% up to a whopping 21%. Instead, when you’re feeling the heat, open your windows and sunroof, or, to save even more fuel, use the car’s air ventilation system.
 


Slow Down Earlier

Motorway driving tends to be more fuel-efficient than city driving as it allows you to maintain a more consistent speed, whereas there is more braking and gear changing involved in urban driving. To ensure maximum fuel efficiency, try to brake earlier and come to a slower stop. When your foot is off the gas pedal, you’re saving fuel.