Sometimes it is not possible to travel using sustainable transport modes to travel to your workplace and there is no other alternative to use single-occupancy car. However, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do to be more efficient and making the world more sustainable. One of the things that is possible to do is eco driving to make the difference.

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Eco driving tips

If you have decided to give ecodriving a try, in the following lines you can find some tips on how you can start being more fuel efficient.

  • Turn off engine when you are stopped for longer than 60 seconds: Even it is a common mistake to think that is more efficient to keep the engine on when the car is stopped; there is an estimate of 0.1 litres used for every 8 minutes idling. Therefore, it is more efficient to turn off the engine if you are stopped more than 60 seconds.
  • Do not accelerate aggressively and maintain the speed constant: it does not save much time and increases fuel consumption on average by 37%.
  • Check and adjust the tyres pressure: properly inflated tyres increase the rolling resistance to the ground and reduce fuel consumption by an estimate of 5% (you can obtain a free tank per year just by having the pressure properly adjusted).
  • Reduce top speed: it is estimated that for every five miles per hour above 55 the fuel efficiency is lost by 10%.
  • Tighten your fuel cap: Due to evaporation of fuel, there is potential annual loss of 136 litres when the gas cap is not properly tightened.
  • Be sure that your car has proper maintenance: having the car properly maintained (including changing oil and filters) according to the manufacturer specifications could save 10% of fuel comparing to the worst scenario.
  • Plan your Journey: Planning your journey will anticipate the traffic flow and in consequence the need to be starting and stopping, being more fuel efficient.
  • Moderate the use of air conditioning: the air conditioning increases the fuel consumption as it requires energy to work. In addition, it increases not only CO2 emissions by an estimate of 20%, but also other types of pollutants.
  • Avoid sharp breaking: If you look ahead far away down the road you will be able to anticipate the traffic flow and traffic lights. If you roll towards them smoothly and without rush you will save fuel.

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Ecodriving means driving in a manner which is energy efficient, being ecological and economical at the same time. It is a way to use less fuel to make the same travel distance. Although the most modern cars have improved their engines and technology, most of the drivers do not adapt their driving style to these advances. Ecodriving represents the culture of adapting the style of driving to those new technical advantages that the drivers have. Ecodriving has varied benefits including:

  • Economic benefits: There are direct cost reductions on ecodriving due to less fuel consumption. However, there are other indirect costs such as operation and maintenance costs involved that are reduced with a more efficient style of driving.
  • Health benefits: Ecodriving means reducing noise and air pollution. The noise pollution is reduced as the cars are driven with less rpm making the engine noise lower. There is a reduction in Particulate Matter (PM) and Black Carbon (BC) as well, causing heart, lung and cancer problems driving more efficiently, making the air cleaner and safer for the health. Furthermore, it reduces the risk of accidents, increasing your life expectancies.
  • Environmental benefits: Ecodriving reduces Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), reducing the impact in climate change. In addition, with ecodriving a reduction in urban smog is achieved