How To Be an Eco-Friendly Driver

Posted by on June 21, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

We hear about climate change all the time and what we can do to help slow the effects, and if you’re a driver, being more eco-friendly with your vehicle could seriously help.

In fact, it’s been suggested that atmospheric CO2 increased significantly after more people got cars in the 1960s onwards.

While there are other factors, it’s no surprise that cars have added to the effects. But there are ways you can help when it comes to your driving, which we’ve highlighted below.

Greener vehicle

The first way to be a more eco-friendly driver is to invest in a car that’s much better for the environment. There are so many on the market now, which can be bought from a wide range of places such as Peter Vardy, finding one shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

When it comes to it, things you should be looking at include fuel economy. This is where the higher the miles per gallon, the better the fuel economy, as it’ll ultimately save you on petrol – which is good for you too. Various factors can impact this, such as engine size and weight.

C02 emissions are another area to look at, as the lower the emissions, the friendlier it is. Remember, C02 emissions of up to 100g/km are now exempt from vehicle tax.

You may be tempted to get an electric car, but make sure you check the car’s credentials first. If you drive a lot, it could cost a lot in charging, which isn’t good for the economy, so a hybrid may be better.

Driving style

Again, this will have a huge impact, but there are various layers to how your driving style will impact the eco-friendliness of your car.

Slowing down earlier can help, because with your foot off the pedal, you’ll be using less petrol or diesel before coming to a stop. Meanwhile, while you may think you’re in the right gear, just double check, because this is vital for your fuel and ultimately the environment. For example, in some cases, cruising in third gear is less efficient that cruising in fifth.

Maintenance

Finally, you may think about leaving your car checks to the last minute, but if you think there’s an issue, get it seen to straight away. The longer it’s left the more damage it can do to your car, the environment and ultimately your wallet.

These are just a few ways you can be much greener, and there are more, but the important thing is to start slow before building up.

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