Rooty Girl and her Rootymobile have teamed up to bring you a few tips on how you can reduce the carbon footprint of your every day driving!
Before you set off:
1. Unnecessary Items - Less weight = less fuel burned = lower carbon footprint. Ditch those items in the boot which you don't need to take everywhere with you
2. Tyres - Inflate them to the proper pressures to make sure your car is running efficiently
3. Preparation - Make sure you're ready to go before you turn on the car. Don't turn on the car and leave it running while you put on your seatbelt, set up your music, find your sat nav. Do all that first to save fuel!
On the road:
4. Watch ahead - if traffic is slowing down ahead, take your foot off the accelerator and gently slow down rather than using the brake
5. Turn off the car - Some cars come with automatic start/stop so that they turn off whilst stuck still in traffic. If yours doesn't, try turning off the car if you think you'll be stationary for more than 10 seconds
6. Careful driving - Accelerate SMOOTHLY and try to slow down gently rather than using harsh braking. Make sure you change up gears appropriately
7. Multiple cars - If you have two cars in your house and are thinking of making a long journey, make the journey in the more fuel-efficient car! If you use one car specifically for commuting, make it a fuel-efficient one
8. Think ahead - Do your homework when it comes to buying your next car and look for fuel efficiency
9. Challenge yourself - If your car has a trip computer which shows your fuel consumption, challenge yourself to constantly improve and set yourself goals!
10. Combine trips - Try to combine your trips together instead of making an extra journey. For example, if you need to get your food shopping, get it from the shop which is on the way home from work.
11. Walk instead - Is your trip less than a mile? This could take less than 15 minutes to walk, and could be quicker than driving in traffic!
12. Share - Car sharing doesn't just have to be to school/work, ask nearby friends/neighbours if they need to go somewhere too and combine the trips together, e.g. food shopping, visiting the gym, going to a party