Eco Friendly Driving Tips

April 13, 2015

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If you love the thought of the brand new Tesla Model X, but can’t quite afford one right now, you’re in luck. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to be a more eco friendly driver. In fact, there are several small, but important steps that vehicle owners can take to ensure they improve their carbon footprint. And, eco friendly driving doesn’t have to make you and your bank account wince?

Here are three tips that could get you on the eco friendly driving track. And what’s best? You don’t need start tomorrow. Or next pay day. Every one of these eco friendly driving adjustments can easily be made today.

1. Use Waterless Car Wash

When it comes to eco friendly driving, it’s easy to get wrapped up in air conditioning consumption and fuel economy (although we’ll chat about this soon). Sometimes it’s the smallest efforts that can make the biggest difference. If you’re a fan of washing your car on Sunday afternoons, you might not realize how much water you waste. According to the Maryland Department of the Environment website, it’s estimated that the washing the average car uses 35 gallons of water – and that’s not even taking into consideration how much H20 non-automatic shutoff nozzles use.

So, if you want to be more eco conscious, consider switching to waterless car wash. There are several brands on the market and info available on how to use them at Autoexpress.co.uk.

You might just save some money too.

2. Ensure Your Tires Are Properly Inflatedtire inflation ©Jakkrit Orrasri via Shutterstock

Poor tires cost money. And they aren’t great for the environment, either. The trouble with low tire pressure is that it increases a vehicle’s rolling resistance. This means that your engine goes through more fuel and must work harder to travel from A to B.

Of course, you could purchase expensive tires and replace them every 6 months. But it’s probably a better idea to invest in a tire gauge and check your tire pressure every month.

What’s better, fully inflated tires also last longer and are less prone to wear and tear.

3. Stick To The Speed Limit

No, this isn’t a public service announcement.

Adhering to the speed limit is always paramount, but it’s also worth pointing out that aggressive motoring can be hazardous to the environment.

Slamming the breaks, or speeding up, forces your vehicle to work harder and burn through more fuel. It’s also true that running your engine while the car is stationary isn’t great for the environment either (or your wallet).

To tackle these issues, a great starting point is limiting your car usage to only longer journeys where you don’t need to keep changing gears. This isn’t always practical, of course, but small consistent efforts could drastically cut down on your fuel consumption. It’ll help do your bit for the environment too.

Eco friendly driving adjustments

So whether it’s simply checking your tire pressure, or investing in some waterless car wash, you don’t need to break the bank to give Elon Musk a run for his money.

-Sam Dickson

Sam works with Online Ventures Group UK and writes on behalf of Stratstone, the UK’s leading premium automotive retailer.

Photo Credit: All images provided by Online Ventures Group via Shutterstock

Green Car ©Mopic via Shutterstock

Tire inflation ©Jakkrit Orrasri via Shutterstock

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