Become an eco-friendly driver
Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing Australians on a day to day basis. While everyone is trying to do their bit to lower our impact, even the eco-friendliest of us will occasionally need to drive. Here are a few simple tips on how to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions when driving.
Keep your car on the road for longer
Keeping up with regular maintenance of your car means it will last much longer. A well-maintained car can last 10 to 15 years, or longer. The longer your car is on the road will reduce the demand for manufacturing new cars.
Plan your trip, consolidate your travel into one big trip rather than frequent small trips. When possible, avoid driving at peak times to minimize the time you need to spend on the road. Avoid fluctuating between heavy acceleration and breaking. Frequently jumping between the two increases fuel consumption. Driving at 60km/h instead of 80km/h will save you a quarter of your fuel. Slow down on the road to avoid frequent refuelling.
Leaving your car’s engine running while stationary wastes a significant amount of fuels and contributes to emissions. If you’re going to be stationary for a long period, switch off the engine to conserve fuel. However, stopping and starting uses more fuel than idling for a short period, so only turn off the engine when stopped for longer than a few minutes.