If you don't want to change your current car, there are still ways you can drive greener.
Lose some weight
Don't drive around with unnecessary weight in your car - the engine will have to work harder and use more fuel. Empty your car of anything that you don't need to carry around all the time.
Remove roof boxes and roof racks when you’re not using them - they cause extra aerodynamic drag, which will raise your fuel consumption. Open windows and sunroofs do the same; and for the same reason, get any loose items of external trim fixed.
Look after your car
Stick to the manufacturer's service schedule, and get work carried out by a competent garage. Under-inflated tyres can increase your fuel consumption, so check them weekly. Also, keep an eye on your fuel consumption and investigate sudden changes.
Switch it off
|Modern engines don’t need to be warmed up before you start driving, so get in and drive off straightaway. |
If you get stuck in traffic, switch the engine off. Air-conditioning, heated seats and other electric components also consume energy, so switch off whatever you don't need.
|Learn to press the accelerator lightly and smoothly - no more heavy, jerky movements. Don't over-rev the engine, either. Keep the revs under 3000rpm and cruise along. |
Give yourself more time for journeys so you don’t have to rush, and stay relaxed for a smoother trip.
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