Eco-Driving Tips

Awareness to environmental friendliness is ever on the rise. If you too want to reduce your “ecological footprint” (how much you personally affect the environment) one very important thing you should consider is your driving habits. There’s a lot to be gained, so far as environmental friendliness is concerned, by making sure you use your vehicles in a way which minimizes their impact on the environment. In this blog post, we and our network of independently owned and licensed affiliates bring you some tips that will help you on your quest to become more environmentally friendly.

Environmentally Friendly Vehicles

The first thing to consider is what type of vehicle you drive. If you’re about to buy a new car you should take into consideration just how environmentally friendly the model you are considering is. You may decide to opt for a model that gives more miles per gallon or even a hybrid.
When and How You Drive
Use your car as little as possible, don’t drive if you can walk, ride a bicycle, take a train etc. This is not only better for you (you get some exercise and save on gas and vehicle wear out) but is also obviously better for the environment.
When you do use your car make sure you drive it in a way that reduces the amount of gas you use. Generally speaking, calm driving is best, do not accelerate too wildly, swerve between lanes, overtake if not necessary etc. Most cars today have displays which show fuel consumption efficiency, make use of such data to train yourself to drive in an eco-friendly way.

Proper Car Maintenance

Proper Car Maintenance

Keeping your vehicle well maintained will improve its eco-friendliness. Get periodical services are done on time (oil changes, filters etc.), replace your tires when they wear out or are over four years old, don’t neglect to fix problems indicating the engine is not running right even if you can keep using your vehicle as it is. Another important matter is using the right type of gas, don’t fill up on cheaper gas just in order to save a buck or two.

Even if nothing is wrong, have your car checked up annually, make sure gas emissions are monitored, exhaust systems kept in good shape (including catalectic converters) and tune-ups are done if necessary to reduce carbon monoxide emission.

It is hard to estimate just how much environmental damage we can avoid if we would all just take measures such as those described above and use our cars in a more environmentally friendly way. However, considering the global scale of motorized vehicle use we can be sure that if everyone acted responsibly with regards to their driving habits a big improvement will be achieved.
We encourage you too to follow the recommendations we gave, as well as others you may come across, and help protect our planet from the damage our race is causing the echo system, after all, it is home to all of us and we must make sure to leave it in good shape for generations to come.