Drive smart, reduce your car’s emissions.
While most of us either can’t afford a hybrid or electric vehicle or it simply may not be practical, there are some simple ways that you can reduce the amount of CO2 and NO2 your car spits out every day.
Following these simple tips can save tons of Co2 that you are responsible for and help you feel better about yourself every time you drive.
Tip 1 – Parallel Park
Yes, the dreaded parallel parking! But, learning to do this parking procedure properly can save you time and cut your idling and driving time down and so reduce your emissions. This can also slash 5-10 minutes off your ‘finding parking’ time and add a little cheer to you day.
Tip 2 – Don’t Idle
Unnecessary idling wastes fuel and harms your vehicle. If you’re stopping for longer than 10 seconds (except in traffic of course!), turn off the engine.
More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting. Turning the key is all it takes to save money and prevent unnecessary greenhouse gases and other pollutants from escaping into the air.
Tip 3- Use your air conditioning sparingly
In order to follow this tip, you simply turn off your air conditioner, somewhere around five to ten minutes before reaching your destination.
Leave your fan on if you like, as the charge from your air-conditioner will hold for a few minutes allowing cool air to continue to circulate.
To many, this may seem like a horror option…”Turn off my aircon?! Are you Crazy?!!”
Well, maybe a little…but consider this..every bit helps and using more fuel to fuel your coolness is sending more CO2 into the air you breathe!
So it’s a compromise. Just turn the aircon off a few minutes before you get to your destination and you’ll be just fine- and feel better about yourself too!
Tip 4 – Switch to a 4 day work week!
YEAH! Everyone LOVES this one! Believe it or not , there are a lot of businesses out there are opting for the 4 day work week as they see increases in both productivity and morale!
So, you work a 10 hour day instead of an 8 hour day and have a 3 day weekend! Plus ,the one day of NOT driving to work saves more CO2 from your car going into the air!
While most of you might think ,”Huh! My boss will NEVER go for this!” Maybe give it a shot..suggest it as a way that the business can make a difference to the environment and have happier and more productive employees for it!
Double Whammy and win-win!
Tip 5 – Slow down!
By driving moderately- smooth and slow acceleration and braking- as well driving at the speed limit can reduce your car’s emissions by 20%!
This has more knock on effects as well such as less fuel usage, less wear and tear and less chances of accidents and speeding tickets!
Plus, you get to slow down and smell the roses!
Tip 6 – Drive less.
When going on short trips such as to the shops down the road, don’t drive – walk or cycle. To my knowledge, neither of these transport methods have emissions…well, not of the environmentally toxic variety anyway!
Taking a walk or ride is good for you and it gets your car off the road! So less emissions!
Doing this a few times per week can make a big difference over a year to your carbon emissions, not to mention how it will improve your health and general well being.
Tip 7 – Keep your car properly maintained.
Doing regular services as well as keeping your tyres properly inflated all contribute to a more fuel efficient vehicle.
Believe it or not, just keeping your tyres at the right pressure could cut as much as 300 kg of CO2 every year!
Having a clean engine reduces the amount of noxious gases emitted by your car when you drive, so be good and keep your car serviced.
Some other tips to keep your emissions low are don’t overload your car uneccesarily, plan your driving so you take the fastest most direct route and warm up your car in winter using a block heater as a cold engine uses more fuel than a warm one.Using a block heater could save you as much as 10% in fuel spend.
Buy a more emission friendly and fuel efficient car! When considering a new car, take into account the new technologies in hybrid vehicles and try and balance your purchase choice with a little style, but focus more on fuel efficiency and emissions as the tax you pay on a gas guzzler that looks great may not be worth it a few months down the road!