Being an eco-driver means reducing environmental impacts and helping your wallet at the same time. There are lots of things we can do to reduce additional environmental impacts of driving, even during these chilling winter months!
A car is a common product that is directly or indirectly part of most people’s lives. Many of us enjoy the convenience and comfort of driving; however, it’s important to examine the lifecycle of the car when we consider how to minimize our environmental impact.
Tips from Century 21 Millennium to reduce your impacts:
1) Operate and maintain your vehicle for fuel efficiency.
- For every 10km/h you go over 60/km/h, fuel efficiency drops by 10%.
2) Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle.
- You’ll save money in the long run and reduce your carbon emissions.
- Remove your roof rack when it’s not needed because it will reduce your fuel efficiency by at least 10%. Things like seat warmers, power windows, power locks and mirrors all have little motors that add to the weight of your vehicle and further drain your battery causing the engine to work harder.
- Use cruise control and a trip computer for highway driving as well as a block heater on a timer during the winter months to help increase fuel efficiency.
3) Cut down on driving, period! This really is the most effective way to help the environment.
- Walk, carpool, use public transit or bike for short trips. Did you know? The average person can walk 1 km in just ten minutes!
- If every Canadian reduced their short trips by just 50% we could meet the Green House Gas emissions reduction requirements for the Kyoto Protocol.
Did you know that just 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine? In ten seconds the average car will burn 1/3 of a litre of gas. You can also expect to save well over $60 per year, depending on gas prices, by turning off your engine. Protect the air and help your friends and family do the same, encourage them to shut off their engines when standing and you’ll be doing your part.
News provided by Century 21 Millennium.