Embrace the Art of Eco-Driving with These Steps
Posted on Mar 07, 2019
The world's natural grace and beauty are diminishing. Its resources are continually dwindling because the population of the Earth keeps on exploding. Pollution is everywhere, and there’s not much that people can do to reverse the negative impacts it is bringing to the world. Or so we think?
Scientists may all nod in agreement and proclaim that as long as people are not doing their fair share of protecting the environment, we cannot restore Mother Nature back in its former glory. How do we take baby steps in doing so? Is there a fool-proof way to do it and minimize carbon footprint in the world and wipe it all in an instant?
Sadly, no. The unpleasant results that people experience today is a result of an accumulated action. It started thousands of years ago, and it will never end until we all do something to mitigate its effects. We can start small and start by embracing procedures in making you an eco-driver by following the steps listed below and making a difference.
1.) Inflate your tires accordingly
According to a statement from Global tire manufacturer, Michelin, driving with an uninflated tire increases fuel consumption by a maximum of 6%. Since fuels are a non-renewable energy source, consuming more, increases greenhouse effects and pollution in general. Plus, you’ll be spending more than what inflated cars would cost you. Think about the money you’ll save!
2.) A well-maintained car is an economical car
Stressing your car and letting it run despite the inconsistencies in its engine will cost more fuel to drive. To make sure your vehicle is in an optimal state, always refer to your owner's manual regarding car maintenance schedules and check-up. You’ll not only save money regarding repairs that might pile up if neglected but you’ll also minimize your fuel consumption, making you a green driver.
3.) Don’t slam on your brakes
This tip is more than an eco-driving one, but it also aims to remind you to drive in considerable speed that when push comes to shove, you’ll slam your brakes at the last minute to avoid a head-on collision. Maintain a gap from the car in front of you to prevent such incidents.
4.) Open your windows more
You may never realize it but, you can go an entire driving trip without turning your air conditioner on and opening your windows instead. You can benefit from the natural breeze that cools your surroundings. If you really need it, turn it off after it achieved the desired temperature. In this way you can save in your fuel consumption and even enjoy the scenery up ahead, just make sure not to be distracted by it!
5.) Turn off the engine
Whenever you are stuck in traffic, talking with someone, answering a phone call or is waiting for your order in a drive-thru, keeping your car in an idle state won’t cut it. Turn your engine off even for a meager 15 seconds. Know that it takes less fuel to restart your car than keeping the engine on despite not doing anything.
The ones listed above are some of the most common things you can do to make driving more eco-friendly. You can also join your friend's carpool and enjoy quality time with them. Furthermore, you can take a few driving rests and decide not to drive for two days in a week and instead commute to work and buy a cone of ice cream while you’re waiting in a bus stop. Now, doesn't that sound grand?