Tips and Tricks for Lower CO₂ Emission Driving
Find out how changing your driving style, avoiding unnecessary emissions and keeping your vehicle at peak efficiency can help reduce your CO₂ emissions.
Match the gear with your speed
Switching gear earlier to avoid the upper range of revs will make your fuel go further and reduce your CO₂ emissions.
Reduce idle time
When waiting in your vehicle for 1 minute or more, it's more eco-efficient to turn the vehicle off until you are ready to continue driving.
Accelerating and braking heavily is an inefficient use of fuel, which emits more CO₂ and also causes wear to the vehicle’s engine and brakes. Gradual acceleration and minimal braking will dramatically reduce the emissions.
Reduce use of air conditioning
Air conditioning is powered by the fuel in your car, so opening your windows instead will reduce emissions, if driving below 50mph. At speeds over 50mph it is more efficient to use aircon, due to drag.
Clear out your boot
Removing any excess weight from your car will enable it to run more efficiently, as the heavier the vehicle, the harder the fuel needs to work to power it.
Avoid unnecessary driving
Is there always the need to drive? Could you walk or cycle instead? If you do need to drive, make sure the least number of vehicles are travelling to the destination by carpooling.
Check tyre pressure once a month
Keeping tyres at the right pressure decreases fuel consumption and reduces CO₂ emissions as well as limiting the tyre’s wear rate.
Change the oil
Engine oil is important to ensuring your vehicle is running efficiently as it lubricates, cleans and cools the engine. Check the oil level regularly using the dipstick.
Change the air filter
If deposits build up on the air filter, air flow to the engine will be reduced, causing heat increase. Air flow to the engine keeps it operating efficiently reducing fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.
Use a cleaning agent
Using a cleaning agent will remove any harmful build up on the car’s engine, enabling it to work at optimum efficiency, which will reduce unnecessary CO₂ emissions.
Use a cleaner fuel
Premium fuels contain active cleaning agents to remove harmful deposits from the engine, which will lower CO₂ emissions as the car will be running more efficiently.
Choose a cleaner powered vehicle
Although this is a big commitment, choosing a cleaner vehicle will significantly lower your CO₂ emissions. Electric and hydrogen vehicles are on the increase due to their environmental efficiency, in comparison to combustion engines.
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