Green Driving Tips

Author: Green Cyprus


Green Tips for Driving your Car

Here are some useful tips for reducing your fuel consumption.

1. Drive at an appropriate speed

Driving at 80 km per hour instead of 120 kmph can improve fuel economy by 25 per cent. Driving at slower speeds also gives you time to anticipate traffic ahead, helping you drive more smoothly.

2. Speed up and slow down smoothly

Every time you stop and start, your engine uses more fuel and produces more emissions. Check the road ahead and slow down early, giving the traffic time to start moving again before you reach it. You can then speed up again without needing to stop.

3. Change gears at the right time

If you drive a manual car, changing up gears a little earlier can reduce revs per minute (rpm) and reduce your fuel usage. If you drive a diesel car, try shifting up when the rev counter reaches 2,000 rpm. For a petrol car, change up at 2,500 rpm.
Remember to change down a gear at the right time too – if your car is struggling, it will also use more fuel. Travelling at a constant 60 kmph in fifth gear uses 25 per cent less fuel than in third gear.
4. Avoid leaving your engine running

If you’re likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine. When the engine is idle, you’re wasting fuel.

5. Don’t use air conditioning unless you really need it

Using air conditioning and electrical devices like mobile phone chargers increases your fuel consumption, so keep their usage to a minimum.Try using the fresh air vent to keep cool and park in the shade on a sunny day. This will keep your car cooler inside and stop fuel evaporating from the engine and fuel tank.

6. Get in and go

Modern engines are designed to be most efficient when you get in and drive off straight away. Revving them wastes fuel and increases engine wear and emissions.

Following these smarter driving tips below could cut your CO2 emissions by around 8 per cent and add up to an annual fuel saving of up to one month per year.