05-10-2020

6 tips for a more environmentally friendly and economical driving

By changing simple habits while driving, a lot of money can be saved – and this also applies to CO2 emissions

If you change your driving behaviour, you can save on fuel consumption and therefore the range becomes longer, which means that you do not have to refuel as often.

Since we are a transport and logistics company, we have a great responsibility to help reduce CO2 emissions. All our trucks have installed an Eco-Driving system, which measures the factors in driving behaviour that contribute to a more environmentally friendly and economical driving. And we want to share these factors with you.

Overall, there are 6 parameters you need to focus on in your driving

✅ Foresighted driving

✅ Idle

✅ Speed

✅ Braking and abrupt braking

✅ Steady speed

✅ Rollout

1) Foresighted driving

It can all boil down to you having to be foresighted in traffic – and that is possible if you are focused enough. As an example, you should not drive at full speed towards a red traffic light, where you must make an abrupt brake to stop. And then when you have stopped, the light turns green.

If you currently do not know why this scenario gives red numbers for both your wallet and the environment – then read on.Once you have finished reading the guide, you may want to return to this scenario – where you will have the answer to why being foresighted is crucial in traffic. And how being foresighted will change the behaviour when driving towards a traffic light. 

2) Idle

The City of Copenhagen says it very well with their campaign: “Stop the engine! Idle driving leads nowhere”. When your car is idling, it pollutes more than if it is driving. The engine cannot utilize the fuel at idle as it can when the car is driving. This results in both more fuel being used, and toxic gases and more particles being emitted into the air from the exhaust.

So, if you idle unnecessarily today – when you do not turn off the engine when you keep still, then there is already a lot of money to be saved by turning off the engine.

Typical situations of idle running – that can be changed:

🚫 When you are waiting for someone

🚫 When loading and unloading

🚫 When waiting for a free parking space

🚫 If you hold to pause

🚫 When queuing – do not switch off the engine here. But it is a good idea to try to avoid the rush hour traffic

🚫 Switch on automatic engine stop

3) Speed

Not only can speeding cost the driving license, impose incredibly expensive fines and increase the risk of accidents, it also increases fuel consumption. And when fuel consumption increases it naturally also influences the CO2 emissions and how quickly you deplete the tank.

Therefore, avoid:

  • Unnecessary overtakes
    • When you overtake, there is a high acceleration which reflects the fuel consumption.
  • General fast acceleration
    • If you increase e.g. your speed from 110 to 130 kilometres per hour, it can easily cost 20% more in your fuel consumption. Driving at that speed there is a greater wind resistance, which means that the car uses extra energy. You can compare it to cycling in strong headwinds – it will feel like a strenuous bike ride compared to when cycling in a tailwind.

4) Keep a steady pace

The smoother you drive – the less energy you use. Therefore, try to keep a steady speed where you do not go too much up or down in speed. In this way, you make the best possible use of energy.

5) Braking and abrupt braking

Of course, it is not possible not to brake at all – braking is necessary no matter what. However, there may be cases where you brake unnecessarily while driving. By changing that habit, both emissions and money can be saved.

As mentioned, it is all about constantly trying to be foresighted in the traffic. That way, you make the best use of energy. The better you are at anticipating traffic, the less you will also use your brake unnecessarily.

The more you use the brake while driving, the more wasted energy you generate. Your car has used energy/fuel to get up to speed – but it also uses energy/fuel when you use the brake to slow down. Therefore, you can advantageously keep a distance to the cars in front, so you are not forced to use the brake or take over their driving behaviour.

Instead, you can:

🚗 Release the accelerator well in advance when approaching a traffic light that glows red

🚗 Avoid hard braking by being foresighted

🚗 Roll as much as you can to slow down

6) Rollout

This factor is perhaps the easiest of all we have mentioned. The rollout is when you release the accelerator as often as possible. In that way, you save the use of fuel.

Release the accelerator when:

  • You drive downhills
  • When you need to slow down

We hope you enjoyed the guide. If you are more curious about how you can be more environmentally friendly in your driving, you can read our case on how tires affect the environment.

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