maintenance

1. Maintenance

Keep your car well serviced and check the oil level regularly. A correctly maintained car with an internally clean engine operates more efficiently and helps reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 15%.
Tyre Pressure

2. Tyre Pressures

Check your tyre pressure every month. Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%*. Find and maintain the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle.
Stay Light

3. Stay Light

Remove unnecessary weight from your boot or back seats. The heavier the car, then the harder the engine has to work and therefore increasing your overall fuel consumption.
Stay Aerodynamic

4. Stay Aerodynamic

Close your windows, especially at higher speeds and remove empty roof racks. Reducing wind resistance lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10%**.
 
use air con

5. Use Air Cone Wisely

Use air conditioning only when genuinely required. Unnecessary use of your vehicles Air Conditioning system increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 5%**.
reduce idling time

6. Reduce Idling Time

Drive straight after starting the car and turn the engine off when stationary for over a minute. Modern cars allow you to ‘get in and go’, reducing fuel consumption.
Drive Smoothly

7. Drive Smoothly

Drive at reasonable speeds and above all, accelerate and brake as smoothly as possible. Every time you accelerate or brake suddenly, your engine uses more fuel and produces more CO2.
Use Higher Gears

8. Use Higher Gears

When accelerating in your vehicle, change up to a higher gear as early as possible. Using higher gears, or ‘short shifting’, is more economical in terms of fuel consumption**.
 

Anticipate Traffic

9. Anticipate Traffic

Try to anticipate traffic flow. Look at the traffic as far ahead as possible in order to avoid unnecessary stopping and starting within the flow of traffic.
Car Sharing

10. Car Sharing

Consider car sharing, both for work and for leisure. You will help reduce congestion and fuel consumption by using one car for a shared journey.
 

* International Energy Agency ** European Commission

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