There are plenty of reasons as to why it is important to be fuel-efficient. It can help keep the environment clean, helping reduce harmful greenhouse gases and you can also save money on fuel at the same time.
In 2019 the automotive industry was responsible for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. This is extremely high and to help combat this, large cities, such as London, Birmingham, Brighton, and Glasgow have all introduced low emission zones or clean air zones in some areas. For vehicles that release a lot of greenhouse gases, there is a fee if they drive into one of those zones. On top of this, the government has introduced different grants that help promote the sale of low emission vehicles in an attempt to get more people driving more eco-friendly cars.
As individuals, we also have a responsibility in combatting climate change and helping the environment. One way we can easily do this is by being more fuel-efficient and releasing fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Reducing the emissions our cars emit can also lead to financial savings.
Companies who give cars to their employees should also be encouraging them to be more energy efficient with the vehicles in order to demonstrate corporate social responsibility.
Below we have outlined some of the best ways to reduce your car’s emissions:
We know that it isn’t always an option for those who are on a tight budget, but if you are able to afford the Premium fuel option at the petrol station then this can not only improve your car’s efficiency, but it can also reduce greenhouse gases by removing dirt from your engine with active cleaning agents.
The number of car emissions that can be reduced by choosing premium fuel will differ by the make and model you have. From the summer of 2021, the E10 petrol will be available which contains up to 10% renewable ethanol which will help reduce CO2 emissions. Make sure that your car is compatible before using this fuel.
As you drive your vehicle around, carbon deposit builds up in your engine over time This can not only harm your car’s engine, but it can also reduce its efficiency and increase emission.
To decrease the amount of buildup in your engine, you can use a cleaning agent to clear the carbon buildup and reduce your emissions. To use a cleaning agent all you need to do is pour it directly into the fuel tank. Check the instructions on the cleaning agent you buy to find out how much you should be using at one time.
Low tyre pressure can create more resistance on the car which can result in increased fuel consumption and higher CO2 emissions. You need to regularly check your tyre pressure to ensure that it meets regulations. While you do this you should check the tread depth. Do this by placing a 20p coin on the tread. If you can see the outer rim of the coin, then your tyre tread is too low.
If your engine is not running efficiently or is damaged, it can increase your CO2 emissions. Changing the oil regularly can help your engine stay lubricated, helping it stay healthy and help reduce those emissions. To check if your oil is low you need to open the bonnet and unscrew the oil cap and check the level of oil on the dipstick. If it sits between the min and max marks, then the oil level is fine.
During the summer, sometimes the air conditioning is essential, however, the A/C can increase car emissions, by using more fuel to keep your car cool. The air conditioning works more efficiently when the car is running, so try to avoid precooling your car and instead utilise the windows. Whenever possible open your windows instead of using air conditioning.
Your car’s air filter helps keep out any dust or dirt that might fly up at the car. Sometimes this air filter gets clogged, and this can reduce engine power and increase emissions. If you live in a particularly dusty or sandy area, then it is important that you are changing your air filter regularly. Get your car serviced to change your air filter and get anything else checked out that might need replacing.
Car idling is when your car is stationary, but your engine is still running. This can not only waste fuel but increase emissions unnecessarily. Where possible avoid car idling, reduce time spent in the vehicle with the engine on, and if stuck in traffic turn off the engine wherever possible.
The best way to reduce the amount of emissions you emit is to avoid journeys that aren’t necessary. Share a car with others when possible, get public transport or walk. It is cheaper and better for the environment. Walking and cycling are also really good for your health.
There are a few different ways you can change the way you drive that will help reduce emissions. Avoid driving too fast. Speeds like 60mph burn your car’s fuel a lot quicker than lower speeds. Change your gear as soon as possible, keep your windows rolled up to reduce drag, and try to avoid accelerating and braking harshly.
Some older cars emit a lot more pollution than newer models. If you are in the position to buy a new car then find one that is eco-friendlier and more efficient. Buy second-hand to avoid paying large amounts of money. Hybrid models and electric cars are the best vehicles to look into if you are seriously considering reducing emissions.
It is recommended that you regularly get your vehicle serviced. This will ensure that your car is in top condition and all working in order. If your car is working to its best ability, it will reduce the amount of emissions it produces.