How climate-conscious driving protects the environment and your wallet
Not only since the Corona crisis has a conscious and sustainable lifestyle become one of the more important topics in our society. But the pandemic acts as a catalyst for more mindfulness in dealing with the environment and nature.
We are forced to buy locally, to adapt our leisure activities instead of flying to a meeting in Berlin, to prefer the Zoom Call and to spend our holidays within the country's borders rather than taking a long flight. By now, even the last of us should have realised that the pandemic is the effect of our own actions, that we should be more mindful of scarce resources and reflect more sustainably on our lifestyle.
Environmental awareness does not only mean to do without the plastic bag in the supermarket or to consider a plant-based diet. We can also reduce fuel consumption in road traffic with small measures, which is not only good for our wallets, but also for the environment. Because the less fuel is consumed, the fewer greenhouse gases are emitted. Driving style and use are particularly decisive - for example, by driving defensively, doing without unnecessary electrical consumers or ballast that is not needed.
Avoid short distances
We also find it more than convenient to jump into the car and drive up to the bakery 5 minutes later. But did you know that a medium-sized car burns around 30 to 40 litres per 100 kilometres immediately after starting, before it reaches operating temperature? So leave the car at home, go for a walk or take the bike again. It's fun, gets your circulation going and protects the environment. It may even get you to your destination faster.
High speeds do not always lead faster to the destination
At over 100 km/h, your fuel consumption increases disproportionately. If you consume only 6 litres per 100 km at a speed of 100 km/h, your consumption increases to up to 10 litres per 100 km if you drive faster than 100 km/h. In general, the higher speed means that you arrive at your destination only slightly earlier. In general, the higher speed means that you arrive at your destination only slightly earlier - so why press the accelerator? The environment will thank you.
Watch the speed
Fast shifting and low-speed, steady driving is environmentally friendly and saves petrol. Shift into third gear at 30 km/h, into fourth at 40 and into fifth at 50. If you drive evenly at low revs, you can reduce fuel consumption by 20 to 25 percent.
The correct tyre pressure
Check the tyre pressure regularly. If it is too low, the rolling resistance increases and with it the fuel consumption. In addition, the tyres wear out more quickly, the braking distance becomes longer, the handling characteristics of your car change, especially in bends, and in the worst case a tyre can even burst. Automobile clubs therefore recommend that you check your tyre pressure every 14 days at the Refuel and to correct it if necessary. But remember to check every 4 degrees, as the pressure can vary. Basically, it's better to have more pressure than too little, and if you're unsure, just check the manual of your vehicle.
Get rid of excess pounds
You haven't made it so far and have been driving around for weeks with a trunk full of old glass? You were too tired after the last skiing holiday to remove the luggage rack and just leave it on until the next holiday? Remove unnecessary ballast: an unused ski or bike rack increases fuel consumption by up to 25 percent when a mid-range car is travelling at 120 km/h. A full boot also increases fuel consumption. A full boot also increases fuel consumption. So clean out your car and disassemble it, thus reducing the burden on the environment and your wallet.
Airstream instead of a climate gas guzzler
Only use the air conditioning and heating in your car when you really need it. Air conditioning can increase fuel consumption in city traffic by up to 30 percent. In a small car, this can be two litres per 100 km. A rear window heater can consume up to seven percent more fuel.
It is therefore worth rethinking your driving style and driving with foresight: With small adjustments, you can significantly reduce fuel consumption and thus environmental pollution, drive more safely and save money.
But we wouldn't be autoSense if we didn't have a convenient solution for this too. With driveScore you can analyse your own driving style and even compare it with other autoSense users - anonymously, of course. With an activated adapter, the autoSense app provides information about how you move in traffic. Make it your personal challenge and try to be an economical driver. For your own sake and for the sake of the environment.
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