Simple ways to reduce your driving emissions
Climate change is one of the biggest concerns of the 21st century, and vehicle emissions are one of the contributing factors that is under scrutiny across the UK. Thankfully, more and more people are becoming aware of their carbon footprint and looking at ways in which they can reduce it. So, to help you get started, our experts at Hatfields have put together some really simple ways to reduce your driving emissions – without having to sacrifice your current lifestyle.
Many people believe that leaving your engine running will use less fuel than turning it off and restarting it, but this is only true if your ‘idle time’ is less than 60 seconds.
By simply turning your engine off when waiting to pick someone up, when stuck in traffic or waiting at a level crossing, you could cut your CO2 emissions by 220 pounds a year, (for a 4-cylinder engine) – not to mention save yourself some money on fuel!
Slower, steadier driving will help save fuel and reduce emissions, as well as reducing wear and tear on your car. So, drop your speed and go easy on your brakes – particularly in urban areas where you find yourself stopping in traffic regularly.
Get your car serviced regularly
Regular services will ensure that everything is working as efficiently as it should, therefore reducing its carbon emissions. It should also mean your car lasts longer and is less prone to breakdowns. At Hatfields, we offer all of our customers fully flexible service plans to spread the cost of maintenance across the life of their car. For more information, please contact your nearest Hatfields retailer.
Consider changing your fuel
Alongside regular diesel and unleaded, you’re likely to have seen the more expensive fuels often labelled as ‘premium’, ‘super’ or ‘ultimate’.
These premium fuels tend to contain active cleaning agents to remove dirt from the engine, which should improve fuel efficiency and reduce emission, as well as helping to increase the performance of your vehicle.
Of course, results will vary depending on make, model and age of the vehicle, but we would recommend filling up with a different fuel three or four times to see if you notice any difference.
Keep an eye on your tyres
Under-inflated tyres have a much greater rolling resistance, meaning your car has to work much harder and you’ll burn fuel less efficiently. Check your tyre pressure every 1-2 weeks and increase it if you plan to carry heavy loads.
Don’t carry excess weight
If the boot of your vehicle is full of heavy items, your car has to do more work and therefore burn more fuel. Sometimes this can’t be helped, especially if you’re planning a UK road trip, but for everyday driving, try to keep baggage to a minimum.
Think about changing to an electric vehicle (EV)
Electric vehicles do not produce any emissions from the tailpipe, making them a great choice if you’re looking to cut your carbon footprint. If you’re still yet to be convinced, why not find out more about the Jaguar I-PACE or book a test drive at your nearest Hatfields retailer?