Many of us need to drive on a daily basis and how we drive can make a difference in protecting the environment. Vehicle maintenance and driving style play a major role in determining whether or not you are an eco-friendly driver. So how can you drive safely, protect the environment and be more economical?
One way drivers can help and save money in the long run is by making sure your vehicle is properly tuned. Keep your air and fuel filters clean. Your owner’s manual will advise you on how often they should be changed. Keeping your brakes in good working condition as well is important not only as a major safety issue but poor brakes could cause your vehicle to work harder and burn more fuel.
Our vehicles use more fuel in the colder weather. It takes an engine longer to reach the most efficient operating temperature.
This is where driving style comes in to help drivers save money at the pumps. I would suggest looking well ahead while driving to anticipate changes in the traffic flow. Slowing early safely is an effective eco driving habit as well as avoiding heavy acceleration and heavy braking. Not only will you save fuel but the vehicles following you will also share in the savings because of your green driving ways.
If you are idling, turn off the engine if you have to wait for more than 10 seconds, unless you are at risk of collision, such as traffic approaching from behind.
Natural Resources Canada has a great website that lists driving schools, like Young Drivers of Canada, that have been recognized as Auto$mart Registered Driving School. This is the link to find a driving school near you that incorporates the Auto$mart Driver Education Kit as part of its teaching program.