Driving is something that many of us completely rely on for our livelihoods. We drive to get to work, we drive to take our children to school, we drive to visit friends, we drive to do our weekly shop… in short without the ability to drive we would likely struggle to get anything done and would live a much more boring and stressful existence.
But unfortunately driving is also rather expensive, to the point that in some cases we have to forego it despite all of the advantages. At the same time driving is also somewhat damaging to the atmosphere and actually contributes to the overall destruction of our environment, many species of animal and even the melting of the icecaps and rapid loss of land.
In other words it is very important that we find ways to make driving cheaper and better for the environment, and one of the obvious ways to do this is to avoid using too much fuel. There are many different ways that we can reduce the toll that we take on the environment when we drive and go longer without topping up energy. Here we will look at some of those ways.
Keep the Car Well Maintained
Anything that makes driving more difficult and slows us down will mean that we need to use more energy to reach a good speed. For instance then something as simple as failing to keep the tyres fully inflated can have a very detrimental impact on our energy usage. Likewise if your shocks are wearing out, this can also make your car require more fuel to go at the usual speeds. Take your time to check things like your tyres and your water and you will make the car more efficient while at the same getting to where you need to be more easily and cheaply.
The less you need to brake, the more you will save energy â€“ because starting the car and accelerating again are the things that use the most petrol. Simply then make sure to hang back from the traffic in front and give them lots of space, and at the same time try to anticipate when you are going to need to brake and when you are going to need to slow down (then do this by simply removing your foot from the gas peddle).
Likewise you can also save energy by using fewer features of your car. For instance don’t use the air conditioning if you can take off your jumper, and likewise don’t turn up the heating if you can instead just put one on.
The more wind resistance there is against the car, the more you will fractionally increase the amount of fuel you use to drive. Things like opening your windows can cause drag then and this will slow you down a great deal.
Likewise you need to avoid adding extra weight to your car where possible. This means emptying your boot of anything unnecessary that you don’t need and if you want to take this even further it might mean stripping the car out of its unnecessary accoutrements.
Top Up Early
Fuel up early in the morning or late at night when it’s cold and you’ll actually be able to pack more petrol into the tank â€“ as it expands in heat. This one won’t help the environment much but it will save you costs.
Kat Edwards works with a car insurance company and writes articles about car safety and maintainance. You can get to know about car efficiency tips and more information on the website.