If you drive so as to conserve gas and to maximise your miles per gallon, you’re also driving in a more environmentally-friendly fashion by definition.
Conversely, the more aggressively you drive, then the more dangerously you’re driving – and you’re also burning up more fuel needlessly which is harmful to the environment as it uses more resources and puts out more fumes.
So by learning to drive in a way that will minimize fuel consumption, you should also be driving a lot more safely which is, of course, our primary consideration here.
So how do you do it?
First off; always drive as smoothly as you can. This is the single most important way of preserving fuel. If you drive steadily, reasonably slowly and you can anticipate road conditions, guiding your car safely though situations without using high revs or sharp braking, you’ll save a lot of gas and be safer.
Also – start your journey as soon as you’ve started your car, even in cold weather. Modern cars are designed to work straight away, so there’s really no need, these days, to let your engine warm up as this just wastes fuel.
Similarly, turn off the engine in traffic jams or any time you’re stopping for even as little as ten seconds.
Remember to ease up on the gas pedal early. When you’re slowing or driving downhill, keep the car in gear but take your foot off the gas pedal earlier than usual – this cuts the gas flow hugely. With hybrids, let the electric motor play its part in driving uphill by keeping your revs to an absolute minimum.
Keep your tyre pressure right all the time, plan your journeys to minimize delays, try not to use your car for short journeys if you can walk or cycle instead, keep your car as streamlined as you can and avoid carrying any extra weight in it.
All these things add up to greener and safer motoring and when you’re searching for any new car offers, be sure to pick out an environmentally-friendly vehicle with great MPG figures.