Sometimes, you may not need to use your vehicle at all. When it comes to commuting, could it be feasible to share a car with another colleague? Not only do you eliminate your own emissions, it reduces congestion and parking issues for others. If there is no one at work who is able to car share, there is always the Liftshare network, which matches you up with people with similar journeys.
Planning your route can not only save money but fuel too, thereby reducing your emissions. Watch out for congested routes and road-works to ensure you have a clear journey. Also consider taking side streets as opposed to an expressway route. Expressways may save a few minutes but would use the most amount of fuel.
Your fuel efficiency is affected dramatically by aerodynamics, so items such as roof racks, roof boxes and bike carriers will increase drag and therefore fuel consumption.
Check your tires
Not only is it dangerous to have under-inflated tires, it also increases fuel consumption and makes them wear out faster. Its important to check your tires every week, especially before you go on a long journey. Tire pressures for vehicles are listed in the owners manual.
Carry the minimum
Having heavy equipment and clutter in the car is often not necessary for each journey. Rather than carrying extra and unnecessary items that will make the engine work harder, therefore reducing fuel consumption, could you take it out?
Driving smarter can save fuel, cut harmful CO2 emissions, reduce wear on tyres and make journeys less stressful. One of the most obvious things to consider is your speed. Going faster means you will increase fuel consumption.
Focus far ahead when you are driving so that you can anticipate road conditions and potential hazards. You’ll find this will make your driving smoother, with less harsh braking and acceleration used. By coming off the accelerator rather than braking at the last moment, fuel flow is cut, improving your economy.
Many still think it is necessary to warm a car up by letting it idle before heading off. But with sophisticated ECUs in control of the engine, it simply isn’t needed for modern cars. Start your journey straight away and save burning unnecessary fuel!
Another myth is that, when restarted, engines use up a lot of extra fuel. Once again, because of modern advances, this isn’t true. So, if you’re caught in traffic for more than a minute or two, consider switching your engine off.
Many modern cars are fitted with an array of conveniences, such as as air conditioning and heated seats. Try to only use them when really needed. At expressway speeds however, the use of your air conditioning is more efficient than opening your window, which increases wind resistance and fuel consumption.