How can we fight climate change and save fuel?
When formulating our 2016’s 10 resolutions for a better world, we recommended to try and use the bike or walk instead of driving, as much as possible. But, what if we don’t have any other chance but using the car? Can we still make our best to make the world a better place? Of course we can! Let us tell you about eco-driving.
If we drive efficiently, we will reduce our CO2 emissions, one of the huge responsible gases for climate change. We can also minimise acustic contamination: a car driving at 4000 revolutions per minute is as noisy as 30 cars driving at 2000 revolutions per minute.
Eco-driving also allows us to reduce the fuel consumption up to a 25%, reduce the costs of the car’s maintenance, gain comfort and, more importantly, safety. We have to consider that the number of accidents will decrease if we drive efficiently.
What are you waiting for ¿A qué esperamos entonces para repasar las reglas básicas del eco-conductor?
Use the gear properly. Once you’re on your way, remember that you ideally should be driving at 2000-to-2500 revoultions per minute, if your car uses fuel, or 1500-to-2000 if it works on diesel.
Keep an even speed. Don’t speed up and brake all the time. It’s not only bad for your car, but you’re also consuming a lot of fuel. Keep an eye on your speed too! Consumption quickly escalates from 100km/h.
Don’t overuse the heating or the air conditioner. Also, don’t open the windows when you’re driving high speed, as it produces a higher resistance and, therefore, a higher fuel consumption.
Drive with anticipation and brake using the engine. Like, don’t go down a gradient in neutral as it will make you consume more fuel.
Turn the engine off. A car that is not in motion but keeps the engine on can consume up to 0,7 litres/hour.
Don’t forget periodic maintenance. Making sure everything is working fine saves you fuel and reduces the polluting emissions. Check your tires and try to get ones with high efficiency.
Choose a good car. The EU countries use an energetic labelling when selling and renting new cars so users can know about the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions.