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How Can Drivers Help the Environment?

Last Updated on May 14, 2024 by Ecologica Life

In many parts of the world, driving is a necessity to get to school, work, or other destinations. This is especially true where public transport is not easily accessible. Of course, there is always cycling, but when the weather is terrible or you have to travel far, driving is the only sensible option.

Below, we have provided a list of tips to show how a driver can help the environment. Please note that these tips apply to both combustion engine and electric car drivers. This is because tyres now produce more emissions than the tailpipe. You can read more about it this in our detailed article. But for now, let’s look at some green driving tips.

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It is estimated that in 2024 there are around 1.475 billion cars in the world. That’s one car for every 5-6 people.

Research shows that modern consumers want to be more sustainable. Our own research tells us that they many drivers want to know tips on how to be a more sustainable driver. If you’re one of them, keep reading to find out how you as a driver can help the environment.

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Look After Your Vehicle

Maintaining your car in excellent condition ensures it runs more efficiently, reducing emissions and saving energy. Addressing any problems promptly not only helps the environment, but also saves you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs.

Check your oil and fluids regularly and make sure your car gets routine maintenance checks by a mechanic.

Proper Tyre Inflation

Driving with low tyre pressure is dangerous and increases fuel consumption. Regularly inspect your tyres, especially before long trips (anything over an hour), to ensure they are properly inflated.

Correct tyre pressure improves safety, fuel efficiency, and the lifespan of your tyres.

Drive Smoothly

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To reduce emissions, it’s important to drive smoothly. Avoid frequent acceleration and braking, and when necessary, do so gently. While there are times when quick action is needed to avoid an accident, constant harsh driving increases emissions and reduces the life of your car.

Switch off the Engine when Idling.

Your engine consumes fuel when it is running, even while it is idling. That doesn’t mean you should turn it off every time you stop, as this can drain the battery. But if you’re stuck in traffic for more than 5 minutes or parked, it’s a good idea to switch off the engine. Some newer cars switch off automatically when idling.

Reduce the Load

Don’t carry unnecessary items in your car. Extra weight increases emissions from both the tyres and the exhaust.

Roof racks and roof boxes reduce your car’s aerodynamics, increasing drag and fuel consumption. To maximise fuel efficiency, leave your roof racks and boxes on only when they are used frequently.

Reducing the load on your car is better for the environment and saves on fuel costs.

Walk, Cycle and Take Public Transport When Viable

For some journeys, public transport can be a viable alternative. In addition, walking or cycling not only helps reduce emissions, but also has significant benefits for your physical and mental health.

These environmentally friendly modes of transport contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner planet. Eco Traveller, Your Sustainable Tourism App

Apologies for the sudden transition, but I wanted to take a moment to mention our app, Eco Traveller.

Are you a tourist looking for cool nature spots on your trip? Maybe you want to find eco-friendly spots in your local area? Then boy, have we got an app for you.

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Our app, Eco Traveller lets you find and visit eco-friendly places (Ecoplaces) near you. You can build your profile by visiting Ecoplaces and uploading photos of your favourite spots. Try Eco Traveller today and let us know what you think! Eco Traveller is now available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Shameless self-promotion aside, we hope you find our tips helpful. Let us know in the comments how you are making your life more sustainable.

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