Tips For An Eco-Friendly Road Trip

Even if you’re travelling by car, a road trip can still be an eco-trip that respects the environment! Making sure your car is road ready is more important than ever, as a well oiled machine can make for a more fuel efficient, economical, environmentally friendly journey. Walking, cycling or public transport can cut carbon emissions too, but sometimes there’s no way around a car journey. Fuel-efficient driving can save you hundreds of pounds in fuel each year, improve road safety and prevent wear on your vehicle. Here’s some quick tips to keep your car in tip top condition before your next trip! 

Check Your Pressure! 

It’s particularly important to make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure as indicated in your owner’s manual as underinflated and overinflated tyres both adversely affect fuel economy. Tyre pressures will vary depending on the load you are carrying: if you have four passengers and luggage then you will need your tyres inflated to the maximum recommended pressures.

Steady As She Goes

Excessive speed is the biggest fuel-guzzling factor that contributes to your usage. Having a light right foot, ensuring all acceleration is gentle, is very important to fuel-efficient driving.

Cut Unnecessary Weight 

The less it weighs, the less fuel your vehicle will use. The fuel consumption of a mid-size car increases by about 1% for every 25 kilograms of weight it carries. Removing roof or bicycle racks when not in use will streamline your vehicle. Aerodynamic drag can increase fuel consumption by as much as 20% on the highway.

Plan Ahead

Map out your route, especially if it’s long. Listen to traffic reports and avoid accidents, road construction and other trouble spots. Avoid roads that cut through major cities and are dotted with stoplights and pedestrians. Use the motorways when you can! 

Plan A Picnic

Prepare your snacks ahead of time with items in your cupboards that are perfect for packing in your car. Reusable containers, utensils and napkins are welcome additions to your baggage. You can avoid food waste and, if you stop at a service station, you don’t need to grab the plastic utensils.

Go Local

As and when you do stop, try to find local services and shops to make your journey more interesting and support the local economy. Enjoy food from local restaurants, shop from local artisans, and visit local attractions. It’s far more fun than a drive-thru and you can reduce the commercial ecological footprint. Get creative with the sat nav and get to know a new place along the road.

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