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Green Driving Tips

We can't do without cars and while they are wonders of engineering, and essential to our everyday life, they are a threat to life on Earth. In the U.S., about 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and light trucks like SUVs. If you're serious about trying to reduce your carbon footprint, one of the most important things you can do is to drive greener. Making small changes to your driving style, and how you use your car while driving, can make a big difference to your environmental impact.

  1. Best Practices
    Driving technique has a lot to do with your fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and drive at the speed limit. Not only does speeding and jerky driving kill your KPL (kilometres per litre), it's also dangerous. As a general rule of thumb, keep your engine speeds between 1,200–3,000 RPM, and up-shift between 2,000–2500 RPM. Also, drive wisely and minimise unnecessary kilometres by running errands in one trip, getting good directions, and calling ahead.
  2. Regular Servicing
    Get your car serviced regularly (according to the manufacturer's schedule) to maintain engine efficiency.
  3. Windows Up
    Where possible, drive with the windows up to reduce drag and make your fuel consumption more efficient.
  4. Maintain Pressure
    Check tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel. Getting tyre pressures right is important for safety too. Refer to the handbook as pressures will normally have to be increased for heavier loads.
  5. Lose Weight
    Extra weight means extra fuel. So, if there's stuff in the boot that you don't need on the journey, take it out and leave it at home.
  6. Don't Rush
    Try not to be in a hurry. Stressed driving can be erratic and is uneconomical. Simply relax and try to enjoy the trip.
  7. Orange Means Stop, Not Rush
    Try not to beat the lights. The chances are that if you hit a red light and then try to beat all the following lights, you will rush but miss them anyway. If you drive at a more sedate speed, you will usually find that by the time you reach the next light, it will have turned green again.
  8. Easy on the Aircon
    Air conditioning should be limited as it uses more fuel.
  9. Shut Down
    Switch off the engine if you think you will stationary for more than two minutes.
  10. Slow Your Roll
    Keep your speed down as driving at 80–90 kph means your emissions will be lowest. Driving over 100 kph will rapidly increase your emissions.
  11. Don't Show Off
    Avoid unnecessary revving or idling of the engine as this uses more fuel.
  12. Easy on the Brakes
    Harsh acceleration and braking can use up to 30% more fuel and can cause increased wear and tear on the vehicle.
  13. Maintain your Speed
    Control your speed. Speed limits are there to be observed, but did you know that travelling at less than 25 kph creates the most pollution? As your speed increases up to 90 kph, your level of pollution decreases.