Eco driving

You don’t have to buy a hybrid or electric car to drive green. You don’t even have to stop using your car (though driving less, obviously means you’re polluting less). No, driving green is about driving well and driving efficiently every time you go on the road.

“I got my licence last year, and I love the Prius, even if my friends say it’s ugly. They say I drive a brick. And, to be fair, it’s not the prettiest car on the road, but it’s good for the environment. It’s sensible and boring — like me,” says Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

Eco-driving = driving smoothly

  • Don’t over-rev and accelerate like a maniac.
  • Don’t zoom into corners so crazily that you have to brake for England.
  • Decelerate and brake smoothly.
  • Between 25mph and 55mph is the most fuel-efficient speed, so aim for that (keeping inside the speed limit, obviously).
  • Change up gears early.
  • Keep your banger in good nick – and check tyre pressures.

You can download an eco-driving app, like Bliss Trek, for your iPhone, that’ll monitor fuel consumption as you go. And before you set off, plan your route so you don’t get lost and waste miles.

Eco-driving can save you cash as well saving the planet. Drive smoothly and you’ll get more miles to the gallon – as much as eight more – so you’ll be shelling out less on petrol. A few miles each week can quickly add up to several gallons and a few hundred squid saved a year.

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