Driving has an incredibly negative impact on the planet, but luckily there are lots of ways that you can become a greener driver. To change your driving habits today, consider these six steps.
1 . Cruise Control
Research from Cars.com stated that ‘adaptive cruise control can increase fuel economy by 5-7% compared to a vehicle being driven manually.’ Cruise control helps drivers to stick to a steady speed, and maintain the correct distance from the car in front. When drivers keep a consistent speed, meaning they are less likely to speed past the vehicles ahead.
2 . Consider an electric bike
Electric bikes are very similar to regular bikes, except that they have a battery and a motor. The motor is responsible for the torque, and the power. If your electric bike has an expensive battery, you’ll be able to go on longer journeys, (without having to recharge). Electric bike batteries are created using lithium-ion, these batteries are also used to make electric cars. There are several advantages of using an electric bike, such as:
- Electric Bikes are better for the environment, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Using an electric bike instead of a car can help you to save money.
- Riding an e-bike is a great form of exercise.
3. Check your tire pressure
Data from Earth911 discovered that ‘4 million gallons of gas is wasted by drivers with low tire pressure and 3,000 injuries occur due to low tire inflation.’ To ensure that you always maintain the correct tire pressure, try using the Sensairy app. The app can help you to check the pressure of your tires, and the temperature of your vehicle. You can check the pressure readings in bar units or pounds per square inch. It’s easy to use, and you don’t need any special equipment. Alternatively, you might like to try a tire safety monitor.
4. Keep it steady
Sticking to a steady speed can help you to reduce your fuel consumption, and become a greener driver. There are many other ways that you can reduce your fuel consumption, including:
- Ensure you do not exceed the speed limit.
- Ensure that the gas cap is tight (stops gas from evaporating).
- Use consistent pressure when accelerating your vehicle.
5. Don’t overfill the trunk
Your car will run better with less weight in the trunk, overfilling the trunk can waste fuel. With less weight, you’ll get a nice mileage boost. When you carry too much excess weight this can result in bulging wheels and a tire blowout. If your car is too heavy it may not have the traction control and suspension it needs. Overloading your car can even mean that the breaks are less effective.
6. Maintain your car
You should take your vehicle in for regular service checks. Any underlying issues with your car could mean that you’re wasting fuel, without realizing. You can use the Car Minder app to get reminders about your next service. The tool also has features that help you to log your service history.
With these six steps, becoming a greener driver doesn’t have to be difficult. When you’re choosing your next vehicle, think about how you could make an eco-friendly choice.