With the World Environment Day coming up on 5 June, we take a look at ways to be environmentally friendly when driving. Did you know that by being eco-friendly, you minimize negative impact to the environment…
Greener or eco-friendly driving isn’t a very difficult thing to do. Most people in Malaaysia drive a petrol-engined car or a diesel variant and of course, a small number has plug-in hybrids or EVs. So what is eco-friendly driving? Here are some tips:
Drive smooth: Smoother driving is key to being a more environmentally friendly driver. Less heavy braking or over-zealous acceleration means you use less fuel. This translates to saving money and the environment,
Gear up faster: Moving through the gears as quickly as possible (around 2000/2500 rpm) will help you use fuel more economically.
Don’t overload: The heavier your car is, the more fuel it will burn. Ensure any extra weight is removed from the car before each trip. Don’t use your car as storage space!
Maintain a sensible speed: Going too fast will use extra fuel, as well as being potentially dangerous. Driving at 100 km/h will use a lot less fuel than driving at speeds above that. Cruise control is useful to maintain a constant speed when appropriate.
Tyres, tyres, tyres: Iif your tyres are underinflated, not only is it dangerous, but you’ll also use more fuel, which is bad for the environment. Make sure you check your tyre pressure regularly – ideally every week.
Chill!: Air conditioning can really increase your fuel usage, so where possible try to open windows rather than automatically putting the air con on. However, the one exception to that is when driving at speed, then the air con is actually more efficient than opening a window.
Maintenance and regular service: Making sure your car is running as it should be is vital to ensure your car is as eco-friendly as possible.
Switch off: Most cars these days do this automatically, but if the car is standing still for more than a few minutes, switch off the engine.
Plan ahead: Check out your route beforehand to make sure you know where you’re going, and to check for any possible delays or hold ups which may add extra time or kilometers to your journey.
Keep watch: When approaching traffic lights or a need to stop, if it’s safe to do so try reducing your speed more gradually by easing off the accelerator, rather than having to brake. If you can avoid stopping completely, you’ll increase your fuel efficiency.