As summer hits, people start to get out more, which leads to more people on the road. During festival season, the motorway becomes a swarm of traffic as festival-goers make their way to the grounds to set up camp ahead of the big events. Even though summer brings joy to many people, unfortunately, the extra pollution, noise and congestion can put a lot of strain on the environment, making this time of year bittersweet. There are many ways to reduce your impact on the environment, such as using public transport or investing in an electric car, but what else can you do? Here are some suggestions:
If you have any free seats in your car and you know other people who are going to the same festival as you are, then offer them a lift. This will decrease the number of vehicles on the road and you can ask them to put in some pennies for fuel. If you are travelling with other drivers, you can get them to take out a temporary car insurance policy, which will cover them to drive your car, making the drive less intense.
When you travel, only pack the essentials. This makes more room in the car and it makes your trip greener. The more a vehicle has in it, the heavier it’ll be. Heavier vehicles require more fuel to move, so make sure you pack responsibly.
If your car hasn’t been serviced recently and you have a long journey ahead, then you should definitely consider booking your car in to get it checked out by a mechanic to ensure everything is working the way it should be. You should also get an emission test to ensure your car isn’t releasing harmful fumes into the environment and get your DPF cleaned.
Watch How You Drive
Sticking to the speed limit should go without thinking, but increasing your speed really has an impact on the amount of fuel you use. Sticking to a speed that is constant and steady will reduce the amount of fuel you use during the journey. Planning the journey ahead and making sure you don’t travel during peak times will also reduce the amount of fuel you consume.
Don’t Use the AC
The air conditioning is actually extremely harmful to the environment. When it’s hot, it can be hard to resist the temptation of switching on the AC, but you should do whatever you can not to. The AC makes the engine work harder, which in turn, increases the amount of fuel your car uses. Instead, open the windows before and during your journey.
Watch Your Fuel Consumption
Many modern cars have an on-board computer. This makes it easy to see how much fuel your vehicle is consuming and you can see how the way you drive affects that figure. If you don’t have this feature, then you should fill the tank up and take a note of the mileage.
There are many small changes you can make to become a greener driver. It may not sound like a lot, but if more people took these precautions, then these small changes will make a big difference. Many of these tips don’t only help the environment, but they will save you some pennies too.