Greener driving

Green driving tips

Many of these ideas are common sense, but if you apply them all, you'll certainly see a benefit in fuel consumption, engine wear and tear, and economy! At the same time you will reduce the pollution your vehicle generates.

Check and adjust your tyre pressure regularly, especially before long journeys

  • under inflated tyres create more resistance so your engine has to work harder - more fuel is used and more carbon dioxide emissions are produced
  • check your car manual for the correct tyre pressure, especially if you are carrying a heavy load (over inflated tyres can be unsafe)
  • regularly checked tyres last longer

Remove extra clutter from your boot and reduce the weight your engine has to carry around

  • you could reduce your engine's workload and burn less fuel, reducing your carbon dioxide emissions

Stop and start less often in traffic queues

  • every time you stop then start again in a traffic queue the engine uses more fuel and produces more carbon dioxide than if it were continuing slowly
  • keep an eye on the traffic ahead and slow down early - the traffic may have started moving again by the time you reach the vehicle in front so you can change up a gear and be on your way

Turn your engine off if you are at a standstill

  • when the engine is idling you are using fuel and adding to carbon dioxide emissions
  • if you are likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine

Reduce your revs

  • modern car engines are designed to be efficient from the moment they are switched on, so there is no need to rev up the engine - revving up wastes fuel and increases engine wear
  • use your gears wisely - changing up a gear a little earlier can also reduce revs
  • if you drive a diesel car, try changing up a gear when the rev counter reaches 2000 rpm
  • if you drive a petrol car try changing up a gear when the rev counter reaches 2500 rpm