These eco-driving techniques are beneficial to the environment by reducing fuel use and helping you save money in the long run.
Plan Route Ahead of Time
Planning the driving route beforehand will help save time and fuel consumption. This can be done by listening to the news for traffic updates on whether there have been any accidents or possible road construction that may be happening along the way. If you are using the car to go grocery shopping or run errands, try to make sure you only visit the stores you need to. Have a list prepared of all the items you need to pick up to avoid forgetting anything.
Watch your Speed
If you find yourself constantly having jackrabbit starts and slamming the brakes far too often, this can lead to increasing fuel consumption and possible damage to your vehicle. To help limit this, lower your driving speed and gradually accelerate by pushing on the brakes. When driving on highways, try to use cruise control to maintain a stable speed.
If you are stopped for more than a few minutes and not stuck in traffic, be sure to turn off your engine to save fuel and money. According to the Government of Canada’s Natural Resources page, the average vehicle with a 3-litre engine can waste 300 millilitres of fuel for every 10 minutes it idles. By cutting down on idling, you can help become a green driver and do your part to keep the air clear.
Remove Unnecessary Weight
Have a look at your vehicle and remove any unused roof racks, storage bins or unnecessary items in your trunk that add weight. This can help the impact your vehicle has on gas mileage and limit fuel consumption. Make sure to leave your car’s emergency kit intact and check to see if it needs to be stocked with new items.
Not having appropriate tire pressure or misaligned tires can affect your vehicle’s driving ability and considerably contribute to your gas mileage. Help extend the life of your tires while improving your fuel economy, by having the right tire pressure and frequently rotating them. Identify any signs of wear and tear.
Carpool or Take Public Transit
Another way to help reduce your carbon footprint is to limit your time driving. Instead, try carpooling to work or take public transit. Even if you do this once or twice a week, it can make a difference. If the weather is nice outside and where you need to go is reasonably close, try walking or cycling instead. Less vehicles on the road can help create a cleaner and greener society.