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The Ultimate Guide to Eco Safe Driving
The small changes we make in our day-to-day lives make a big difference to the planet, and driving is no different. The fuel you pump in and the accelerator you press contribute to your CO2 footprint. Eco-safe driving helps to maximise the potential of every trip you make. Whether it's a drive to the shops or a long journey to see family members, eco-safe driving makes a difference. Far from just helping the environment, eco-safe driving has many more benefits for you, your car, and your bank balance.
Eco-safe driving is your key to enjoyable drives, enhanced mileage, and lower maintenance costs. A few simple changes can drastically improve how many miles your car completes – bringing you closer to those celebratory six-figure mileage counts.
What is eco safe driving?
Better for the environment and more respectful to the whole community, driving with a nod to eco friendliness is a no-brainer. Fuel consumption and vehicle emissions are a big focus for all car owners. The more we spend, the more we produce. This simple equation turns petrol or diesel into the fumes which find their way into the earth's atmosphere.
Eco-safe driving is a style. It is something that you can change tomorrow. This guide will help you take on the challenge, improve your overall driving, and reduce your CO2 footprint.
Driving eco-safely covers a whole host of elements to driving, such as:
● Checking your tyres
● The weight that you carry in the car
● The acceleration that you use; the gentler the better
● Braking in good time, trying to avoid heavy, late braking
● Not idling your engine for long periods
● Route planning and understanding the hazards
● Reverse parking to enhance fuel consumption
● Safe distances between you and the car in front
Although many things impact eco safe driving, most are easy to change. In the next step, we will discover how you can turn into a safer, more eco-friendly driver overnight.
How can I drive eco safely?
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin may not have been talking about driving, but his much-attributed quote is apt in every element of your driving. We will now go through the four main stages of eco-safe driving: preliminary checks and maintenance; planning your journey and anticipating new hazards; moving off and reducing energy expenditure; braking and parking.
Preliminary checks and maintenance
Tyres are vital, and often forgotten. The tread of the tyre improves your grip, but the air pressure in your tyres is integral to eco-safe driving. Make sure you keep it at the right pressure to improve the efficiency of your drive with every mile.
Removing unnecessary weight is also a great way to make your driving more eco safe. The more weight, the more fuel you need to use to move the car.
Planning your journey
Eco-safe driving starts with planning your route. Check for traffic, and try to choose roads that will allow you to maintain a more consistent or regular speed – motorways and cruise control are perfect for long journeys.
Moving off and reducing energy expenditure
Acceleration is where you expend the highest level of emissions. Gentle acceleration greatly improves your eco-safe driving because you will spend less fuel getting up to speed. Energy expenditure also includes every aspect of your driving, even the switches in your car. Heating and air conditioning can make a real dent in the energy you use on every drive, so use it sparingly and only when necessary.
Braking and parking
On the other hand, or foot, is braking. It encompasses the speed you drive at, your awareness and anticipation of hazards – it all impacts on how quickly you will need to slow down. By braking gentler, you will get more from the fuel that you use.
A top tip for any drivers that dread reverse parking is that driving out of a space uses less fuel than reversing out. By reversing at the end of a journey, you can make a small but important change to your driving.
Start your eco-safe driving journey
Take these tips into your driving and you will quickly see plenty of benefits. Your brakes will love you, your car will regard you as a family friend, and the planet will appreciate the small changes you make in every mile.