With the UK set to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030,all new cars purchased after that time will be electric. And with more than 500,000 electric cars sold in Europe this year so far, it seems like we’re well on track in adopting the new technology.
But while electric and hybrid vehicles have come down in price since they were first launched, they’re still more expensive than fuel-powered cars. If you’re looking to buy a new car but can’t afford an electric, or you’re not due an upgrade for a few years, don’t worry. To help the environment, you only need to make some small changes to make a difference.
Check your tyre pressure
If your tyres are under-inflated, your engine has to work harder, so checking the pressure on a regular basis will help to keep your car running efficiently. And ifyou’re carrying a heavier load than usual, make sure to adjust the pressure accordingly.
Keep your vehicle light
If you’re someone who drives around with all matter of debris and clutter in their car, the extra weight could be seriously hampering your fuel efficiency! After all, the more your car weighs, the more fuel it takes to move it around. So, whether it’s walking boots, bags for the charity shop or piles of magazines, get them out of your car, and enjoy your itsimproved green credentials,and bonus feng shui!
Plan your journey
Forewarned is forearmed, so before you set off on a journey, have a quick swizz at the traffic situation. Sometimes longer routes can take less time (and be more fuel-efficient) if there’s less traffic on the roads than a shorter route with more traffic.
Turn off your engine when your car’s stationary
Not only is it an offence to leave your engine running when you’re parked, but ‘idling’ as it’s known, increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air. So, always turn off your engine when you’re parked or stationary; the RAC recommends turning off your engine in traffic if you think you’re not going to move for around two minutes. Contrary to popular belief, in cars younger than ten years, doing this doesn’t adversely affect your fuel economy.
Drive steadily and stick to the speed limit
Keeping a steady speed throughout your journey will burn much less fuelthan if you’re constantly accelerating and breaking. And if you’rea speed fan, know that the faster you go, the more fuel your car consumes, so ease off the gas, relax and the environment and your fellow road users will thank you for it.
Ditch the car
It’s an obvious statement, but the less you use your car, the more environmentally friendly it will be. For any short journey, consider whether you need to use the car, or could you go on foot, bus or bike? For longer journeys, could you cars hare with a friend or colleague? Any car journey you save, no matter how small, can make a difference.
Armed with these tips, you should be able to make your car’s impact much smaller on the environment.