Top tips for reducing your emissions
With millions of vehicles on the world’s roads, think what a difference we could make if we all took steps to reduce our emissions. Here we provide you with some simple measures to do just that. And as an added bonus you can save on your fuel and vehicle maintenance too - what’s not to like about that?!!
Fill up with quality fuel: So called for a reason, premium petrol typically has a higher-octane rating which helps the engine work more efficiently, while its diesel equivalent includes a cleaning agent designed to shift soot deposits and other build up within the fuel system. So not only will super fuels make the most of your car’s performance, they will help to prevent potential costly engine repair bills in the future too.
Change your engine oil regularly: The lifeblood of any engine, oil cleans, cools and lubricates the engine preventing unnecessary wear and tear. Overtime though, it can start to degrade and will gradually lose its effectiveness. So, make sure that you follow your manufacturer's recommendation for changing the oil in your vehicle. It will help keep it running at optimum efficiency.
Replace your air filter: Just like the human body, engines need air to breathe. So if it’s starved of this vital ingredient because of a blocked air filter, it will no longer function properly, resulting in a multitude of issues. It’s therefore important to change your air filter as per recommended guidelines. By keeping dirt, dust and other contaminants out of your engine, your car will run more efficiently and produce a much cleaner exhaust.
Keep your tyres pumped up: According to a leading manufacturer, your tyres can lose on average 1 psi pressure each month but how often do you check them? Under-inflated tyres can not only increase your fuel consumption and emissions, but can accelerate tyre wear, and reduce traction and control too. So check your tyre pressure at least once a month, and if you need to replace them, choose one with a low rolling resistance.
Use your air conditioning wisely: Every time you turn on the air conditioning, you’re making the engine work a little harder, which creates more emissions and uses more fuel. So, if you’re travelling at lower speeds, simply open your windows instead of using your climate control. And remember to have your air conditioning serviced at least once every two years to keep it running at its best.
Limit idle time: Anytime your engine is running, it’s using fuel and creating emissions, so it makes sense to reduce the amount of time it is doing so. One easy way is to turn the engine off rather than let it idle unnecessarily i.e. when the car is parked or stuck in traffic, for any period of time. And remember, the best way the warm up your vehicle, even on a cold morning, is to drive it.
Change your driving style: Small changes in your driving behaviour, can make big differences to your emissions. So slow down, change to a higher gear as soon as possible and brake early by reading the road ahead. Not only will it make you a safer driver, it will improve fuel economy and emissions too.
Streamline your car: Streamline your car by removing items such as bike racks and roof boxes when not in use. These create considerable drag, meaning your car has to work harder. Similarly remove any unnecessary weight - for every 45kg reduction, you can save 1 to 2% on fuel.
Don’t drive: It may sound obvious, but if you can leave the car at home, do so. Walk, bike, car share or even take public transport. And if you must drive, plan your journey to avoid rush hour traffic or multiple, shorter trips. Whilst the overall mileage maybe the same it will avoid more cold starts, which increase both emissions and fuel consumption.
Following these simple steps, will help to significantly reduce your emissions. It should also mean your car lasts longer and you use less fuel. We call that a win-win situation.