Eco friendly driving tips

Now more than ever, environmental awareness is a top priority. This can be seen in the increasing amount of environmentally friendly cars. Those that do not own a car with a hybrid or electric engine however, do not have to be plagued with a guilty conscience about the environment. Ecological driving and saving fuel go hand-in-hand – regardless of whether benzine or diesel is more environmentally friendly.

Ecological driving: How can I do that?

The most important tip for driving economically is: Drive gently, evenly and smoothly. This is because all driving processes – acceleration, shifting, braking – require energy. As the driver, you have the power to positively affect the energy consumption. Avoid sharp acceleration, abrupt braking or late shifting. This doesn't just increase the fuel consumption, it also increases the wear and tear of the car. So try to “flow” with the traffic.

When accelerating, do not fully press down on the accelerator and reduce your speed after overtaking. This way, you do not need to brake unnecessarily hard, as abrupt braking wastes the acceleration energy that has already been applied. It is particularly recommended to use the engine brake or fuel cut-off. This happens if you release the accelerator with the gear engaged. The engine then brakes mechanically.

You can use the engine break in advance e.g. at red traffic lights, by slowly rolling up to the traffic light, instead of stopping immediately in front it. By rolling with the fuel cut-off, you brake automatically. As soon as the traffic light turns green, you can even drive off again from the movement if necessary. So ecological driving runs smoothly. Also, waiting at the traffic lights in neutral does not save fuel. Particularly on roads that you know well, you can switch off your engine at red lights that last more than twenty seconds, which also saves fuel.

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