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PollutionAs petrol prices continue to rise, many people are becoming increasingly conscious of their consumption. While this rise adds to the financial strains of many, the ecological impact is certainly positive. Our petrol-guzzling habits remain one of the largest contributors to the planet’s carbon emissions. Many of us have tried to reduce our home carbon footprint, by boiling just enough water for our tea and switching off our appliances at the plug, for example. However, how do we reduce our petrol usage? We still have to drive, don’t we? Following a few of the tips below can have a positive impact on both your wallet and your carbon footprint, whether you live in the city or the country.

⇒ Maintain your tyres
One of the easiest ways to find out whether you are spending needless amounts of money on petrol is to check your tyre pressure. If your tyres are under inflated by 20%, then you will be spending 3% more on petrol than you should be. On top of this, you are reducing the tyre’s life by 20%. The thickness of your tyres will also affect your petrol consumption. While country residents may need thick tyres to deal with rugged terrain, your average city dweller can survive with thinner tyres. Thinning your tyres will reduce resistance with the road surface and therefore lower your emissions.

⇒ Go on a diet
No, we are not talking about putting your car on celery and diet colas. However, shedding a few pounds here and there can transform your vehicle’s health. Who doesn’t have an old spare tyre, or a weighty tool kit, in the boot. By removing any unnecessary weight you can lighten your petrol consumption. How would you like to do a marathon with a spare tyre on your back?

⇒ Watch your step
You don’t need to invest money to get a return in economy. By adopting a few simple driving strategies you can make your car more efficient – whether you are commuting to the office or touring the countryside. First off, speed guzzles fuel. Research shows that cars consume 38% more petrol when exceeding speeds of 70mph. This is due to the aerodynamic drag, which severely counteracts the forward motion of your car. Along the same lines, closing your windows will reduce drag and make your car more streamlined. If you drive in the city, stopping and starting for traffic and traffic lights is commonplace. However, those who live in the country can take advantage of their terrain, as smooth driving increases fuel efficiency.

Petrol efficiency is a possibility for everyone, whether you live in the city or the country and whether you use your car for the weekly shop or for track driving. That’s right – even driving experience days can be made climate conscious by following these simple, commonsense practices.

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