What do you know about driving greener?

Posted by: Cal on 5/06/2014

Category: Tyre Information

If you're interested in being more environmentally friendly in your day to day life, there are a few tidbits of information that might help you make more informed choices when it comes to cars and driving.

After all, it's important to be mindful of the environment as much as possible, even when doing something like driving.

Check out this information of how you can up your eco credentials on the road - you'll be going green in no time! 

Choose an eco-friendly car model

If you're in the market for a new car, you might want to opt for an eco-friendly model, such as a hybrid. 

The Toyota Prius, for example, combines a petrol engine with an electric motor. The electricity it runs on can be sourced from renewable power while the vehicle uses less emission-generating petrol, so this works to reduce carbon emissions. 

This is one of the most effective ways to reduce your environmental impact on the road, but it is a big purchase, and you'll likely need to already be in the market for a new car before you make this kind of decision. However, it's a great option and always something to consider. 

If you want a more efficient car but don't think you're ready to make the jump to a hybrid model, there are other elements you can consider.

For instance, a bigger, more powerful car will use more fuel and produce more emissions than a smaller car. If you don't need a 4WD or large wagon, consider downsizing to a hatchback or sedan. 

Take into account engine size, fuel consumption and emissions rate. 

Think about how you drive

It's not all about what you drive. When it comes to being eco friendly on the road, it's how you drive, too. 

When possible, cruise at a steady and safe speed rather than accelerating and braking quickly, as this uses more fuel. This can often be achieved by being more aware of your surroundings and looking ahead to anticipate the conditions and when you will need to slow down or speed up. This way, you can do it more gradually and use less fuel. 

In addition to this, driving at higher speeds increases wind resistance and fuel use. Driving at 90km/h is much more efficient than driving at 100 or 110km/h.

If you're driving a manual vehicle, try to shift up gears at the first opportunity, as driving in a lower gear burns through fuel quickly. 

Did you know that even your car tyres can affect your vehicle's fuel consumption? Incorrect tyre pressure can play havoc with your car's performance, so make sure the pressure is at recommended levels. 

Other parts of tyre maintenance also affect your car's fuel use, such as wheel alignment and general wear and tear, so make sure your tyres and wheels are always up to scratch. 

Furthermore, any extra weight or cargo in your car will mean your vehicle needs to use more fuel to power it forwards on the road. Take out anything unnecessary, and if you don't need accessories such as a roof rack or spoiler, forego them. They can increase wind resistance and fuel usage by more than 20 per cent, according to the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ). 

What else? A regular service can keep your vehicle in tip top shape and fix up any issues that might be holding your car back and making it less efficient. 

Keep these tips and tricks in mind as you drive and you'll see that fuel bill reducing in no time. Plus, you'll be feeling great knowing you're being far kinder to the environment - that's got to be a win!