How To Eco Drive

Why don’t we all just try and eco drive when we can? I mean, you’re helpingĀ save the environment as well as some money for yourself(the latter reason my favourite of the 2). So I thought I’d give you some tips on how to.

How To Save Fuel

I’ll start with one of the peoples’ favourite – Driving in Neutral.

This requires a good amount of anticipation of the traffic ahead. If you’re approaching a red light or some sort of obstacle, then whilst keeping a good distance from the car ahead, allowing the car to roll in neutral will enable you to save fuel.

This works because the engine is not engaged and the car is basically moving from the kinetic energy formed from before. As the engine is not engaged, there is also a lack of engine breaking meaning the car is able to maintain good speed.

Therefore the only fuel consumption taking place here is for the idle engine.

However as there is no engine braking, it’s important to keep a good distance and brake early. Steering ability is also reduced when rolling in neutral. So keep that in mind!

My next tip is Smooth Driving. I used to be really naive and think driving at 50 mph was going to get me to work quicker than driving at 35mph. Well in actual fact it did, but we’re talking only seconds quicker.

You know what was the most annoying part? Speeding away from all the ‘slow coaches’ only for them to catch me up again at the traffic lights!

And that’s exactly why there isn’t really any point in driving at high speeds because factors such as traffic lights, traffic ahead etc just ends up equalising everything out.

When you’re driving at a smooth steady speed, it means you’re using lower RPM which means you’re saving money. Driving at higher RPM means a disproportionate increase in fuel consumption. You’re just wasting good money for an improvement of seconds on your journey.

In order to master this, you need to work out which is the highest possible gear you can drive in at a steady speed. The higher the gear, the lower the RPM will be.

Just to add, this type of driving will also reduce stress levels in the driver as driving at higher speeds means more abrupt braking and increased frustration. So hurray for stress free driving!

My next tip is Early Gear Shifting. Again, it’s all about the RPM again. Shifting early means you don’t allow the revs to get so high and in turn consume more fuel.

Of course this will be different for each car. Small engines will allow much earlier gear shifts than will larger engines. It also depends on whether you’re on a flat or hill surface as of course you will need higher revs before shifting on steeper roads.

Here’s another little secret that comes into this one, Skipping Gears. When you miss a gear, it means you will reach your final target speed slower at a lower RPM but will allow you to maintain that speed for longer.

For me this works most effectively when going from the 3rd gear to the 5th. The reason being is that the 3rd gear brings me close to my target speed and therefore I can skip the 4th as I know the 5th gear will get me to the target speed, albeit a little slower but with reduced fuel consumption.

The next tip is Check Tyre Pressures. This was a huge mistake that I used to make – never checking tyre pressures.

If you’re tyre pressures are low, it means the engine has to work harder to move the car which means more fuel consumption(and money!). Not only that, the handling of the car becomes less easier.

My last and final tip is to Switch Off Appliances you don’t need. If there is no need for the air conditioning then why the hek have you got it on?!

These things use energy and guess what’s used to power these electrical appliances. Yep that’s right, the engine, which only drinks one thing, your money! I mean fuel!

So there you have it peeps, my tutorial for you on how to save fuel, money and the environment through wise driving.

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