Top eco-friendly car tips

Timothy Alcock May 24, 2011 1

Do you want to make the planet a cleaner place? Start with your guide to a greener car.

Changing the way you drive can have a considerable impact on your car’s environmental credentials.

With the current growth of electric and hybrid vehicles encouraging motorists to go green, many vehicle owners might be tempted to trade their car in for a greener model. However, high purchase prices make this difficult for most people to afford.

But there are a number of things you can do to make the planet a cleaner, greener place and most of them are simple adjustments to your everyday driving habits.

Car travel is a key factor in UK carbon dioxide emissions and being aware of how efficiently you use your automobile is vital if you want to use your fuel more efficiently.

If you are taking lots of smaller journeys, a petrol car is a better investment than a car that runs on diesel. Also, try to avoid any unnecessary small trips out in your car. Planning your journey before you head out for the day will help you to combine a number of errands into one and will help you to cut down on wasted fuel.

Under-inflated tyres make your car less efficient, so be sure to keep your motor running like clockwork with regular maintenance checks. If your tyres are below pressure they can increase your car’s level of fuel consumption by as much as 3 per cent.

De-cluttering your car can also remove excess weight – this all adds up to increase resistance and burns more fuel.