Green Driving Tips
Many of us spend a lot of time on the road, especially on the California freeways. With the simple green driving tips we’ve compiled here, you could increase your fuel economy (and savings) by up to 47 percent. And if you want to decrease your fuel consumption even more, you can make some of the lifestyle changes that we’ve also listed.
The other benefit of cutting back on gas? It’s better for the environment. Better fuel economy means less pollution emitted by cars and less dependence on foreign sources of oil. That’s why these driving tips are doubly green: green for the planet and green in your wallet. Standards are rising, so newer cars generally have cleaner and more efficient engines.
- Keep your car in good condition. Tuning, tire pressure, and regular servicing all make it more efficient. Keep an eye on fuel consumption – if it goes up suddenly, you know something’s wrong.
- Roof racks increase drag. Modern cars have aerodynamic design which means slipping through the air with minimum friction and maximum efficiency. Roof racks have exactly the opposite effect – so don’t keep them on the car unless you’re likely to use them, especially for long, high-speed journeys.
- Extra weight increases fuel use. If you ask them to do more work, they’ll need more fuel. Clear out extra items that you don’t need from the back seat and trunk.
- Air conditioning also increases fuel consumption, so only use it when you need it.
- Onboard electrical devices increase fuel consumption as well – the engine has to work harder if it’s to produce more electricity.
- Drive smoothly. Excessive braking and accelerating takes more energy, wears out your car faster, makes your passengers feel ill – and doesn’t say much for your driving skills, either!
- Don’t keep your engine running while stationary – if it’s safe to do so, switch it off.
- Drive more slowly. Higher speeds significantly increase fuel consumption.
- Combine journeys – do several chores at once, or give someone a lift. Think of the car as a bit of a luxury, so that you’ll take maximum advantage of each trip.
- Choose smaller cars with lower fuel consumption and environmental impact
- An older car will probably use more fuel per mile during its remaining time on the road.