Eco Driving and Safety
It may be difficult for your household to take alternative transport all the time, for most households, cars still play a valuable role in mobilising us.
When it comes to employing some Living Smart ethos around car use we should firstly consider having a car that is appropriately sized for our usage, and that we have the most energy efficient car for our price range. A great tool to help us select and compare vehicles is the Green Vehicle Guide.
The other key important area to address, is your driving habits, by learning to be an Eco Driver; the following tips will help you to improve the fuel efficiency of your car and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Trip BlendingEach litre of petrol used emits 2.5kg of greenhouse gases,1 this rises significantly when the car is cold. Short motor vehicle trips cause the most environmental harm per kilometre driven. Reduce emissions and save both time and money by planning to do a number of errands in one trip rather than several trips.
Minimise fuel wasted in idlingFuel is wasted when you idle, for example when waiting to pick someone up. By switching off the engine (even if it's for a short period of time) you'll save more fuel than is lost from the burst of fuel required for restarting. The net increased wear and tear from this practice is negligible.
Service your vehicle regularlyKeep your vehicle well tuned and reduce greenhouse gases by up to 5-15 per cent.
Check your tyresYou can save up to 100kg of greenhouse pollution each year by ensuring your tyres are kept at the maximum recommended pressure.
Watch your speedAt 110km/h your car uses up to 25 per cent more fuel than it would cruising at 90 km/h. Your car can use up to 25% or more speeding. Obey posted speed limits and save fuel.
Drive in high gear The car engine runs more efficiently between 1,500 to 2,500 revs. To maintain these low revs you should change up through the gears as soon as practical and before the revs reach 2500 rpm.
Travel LightThe more a vehicle carries, the more fuel it uses; an extra 50kg of weight can increase your fuel bill by 2 per cent.
Use the air-conditioner sparinglyBy setting your air conditioner on high, you could increase your fuel consumption by over 10%. However, when you drive at 80km/hr or more it is more efficient to use the air conditioner than to have the windows open.
Green Vehicle Guide
Calculate the cost and greenhouse gas emissions associated with your current travel routine.
See what your savings could be on your weekly travel or on a specific trip.
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Useful Tips and Facts
- 20% of all trips under 5km can easily be cycled in 20mins
- Map out a safe route for your children to walk/ride to school. Meet them half way, park further away and walk. Buy umbrellas for wet weather.
- Park your car further away from your destination and walk or cycle the rest of the way
- Plan your car trips so you are doing several tasks./activities