No matter how you look at the use of your car, it is always going to be more bad than good for your health and the environment.
There are a number of things you can do about that. You can completely give up traveling via car and look for more environment-friendly traveling options. If you are not ready, or canât give up your car use completely, you can consider using it in more economic and environment-friendly ways by consuming less fuel. The thing is to at least take one step towards improving the way you consume fuel in order to cut back on both consumption and pollution.
How do you exactly go about it?
Here are a couple of pointers...
If you canât give up the use of your car completely, you can consider bringing it down to a minimal level by using your car efficiently. Minimize the number of trips you have to make for running errands by bundling them together on weekly basis. Moreover, you can follow some care and maintenance tips to keep your car in a better condition so that it can be used efficiently.
Even something as simple as properly inflated tires of your vehicle can save as much as 10% energy by minimising drag between road and tire. This also reduces tire damage and increases the life of your tires so that you wonât have to replace them soon. You can also consider using alternative diesel fuel, vegetable oil and biodiesel being the most popular alternatives available to you. Making regular repair and maintenance checks on your car can also keep it in an energy-efficient condition while driving within the speed limit can also keep your fuel consumption low.
There are numerous commuting alternatives to car travel. The simplest alternative to your own vehicle is using public transport, which is conveniently available to all of us. You can take the bus, train, ferry or car pool to get to your work while you can use that time for a lot of other activities like reading, browsing the web or even sleeping (not always the best option, though â Iâve missed many a train stop whilst snoozing!).
Another popular way of giving up your own vehicle is to share a ride with a colleague or someone from your neighborhood going into the same area for work. If your work is not too far away and you like a healthy lifestyle, you can even consider getting a bike to ride to work. As a possible longer-term solution, you can consider moving to a place near your work so that you can commute to work easily.
From increasing efficiencies in your vehicle to driving more smoothly, there are heaps of things you can do to save fuel even whilst using your car.
Some of these are listed below for you...
1. Drive in the right gear
Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel, and letting the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners is also wasteful
2. Drive Smoothly
Stop/start driving is much less efficient and more polluting than driving at a constant speed. Avoid travelling during peak-hours and on congested roads whenever possible.
3. Don't Idle When Starting Out
Most cars don't need to be "warmed up" by idling before setting off. This simply wastes fuel. Start your car when you are ready to go.
Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h. At 110 km/h your car uses up to 25 per cent more fuel than it would cruising at 90 km/h
5. Minimise Drag
Take off roof and bike racks when not in use. Drag from roof racks, spoilers and other items increases air resistance and fuel consumption, in some cases by over 20 per cent at higher speeds.
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