Green driving is all about reducing the damage your vehicle does to the environment. The common misconception is that in order to drive in a more environmentally conscious manner, you need to ditch your old car and drive a new hybrid. However, an America study found that old cars can in fact be more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. So how do you drive more eco-friendly with your old car?
Here are five driving tips that will help you save money and contribute to the well-being of our planet:
Avoid putting pedal to the metal: In all the cool movies regarding fast cars, the drivers are always saying that you need to put the pedal to the metal. However, in the real world, sudden starts and aggressive driving wastes petrol and adds Co2 pollution. That’s because just one second of high-powered driving produces the same amount of carbon monoxide as 30 minutes of standard driving.
Remove the excess weight: The more weight you carry, the less fuel efficient your vehicle is. Therefore, unless you need them, remove roof racks and clear out any unnecessary luggage from the boot. For every 45 kilograms extra that you carry in your vehicle, you reduce your consumption by 2 percent. Think about that next time you decide to leave your work bags and bicycle rack on when you go shopping.
Check your tyre pressure: The quickest way to lower your fuel consumption is by having underinflated tyres. Driving with underinflated tyres decreases your fuel consumption by as much as 6 percent. This is because the engine needs to work harder to drive the vehicle forward.
Windows up and air conditioner off: One of the biggest fuel wasters is the air conditioner. Using your air conditioner and lower your fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent in city driving, while having your windows down increases wind resistance and can lower your consumption by up to 20 percent.
Control your speed: In order to save petrol, you need to slow down. Driving at over 120km/h can raise your fuel consumption by more than 20 percent. This is mainly because of the wind resistance and the extra output the vehicle needs to maintain your speed. For the best fuel consumption results, stick to a speed between 90 and 100 km/h.
It is not what car you drive, but rather how you drive it. So resist the urge to buy a brand new hybrid and rather focus on using these five tips to improve your green status when driving your second hand VW vehicle.