But it’s easy to lower your carbon tyre-print with a few changes to your driving habits. LeaseVan.co.uk has revealed 17 easy ways drivers can curb their emissions whilst driving on British roads.
Get your vehicle serviced regularly to ensure its always performing at its best and burning fuel as efficiently as possible.
As vehicles age, harmful deposits can build up in the vehicles engine, reducing efficiency and increasing emissions. Adding a cleaning agent into the fuel system will help remove the deposits, in turn lowering your emissions.
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You should check your tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys under-inflated tyres can have a much greater rolling resistance, causing you to use up to 2% more fuel. You should check your tyre pressure every couple of weeks, and increase the pressure when carrying heavy loads.
The engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle it lubricates, cleans, cools and prevents wear. By using the right engine oil for the make and model of your car, your engine will run more smoothly, allowing for better performance and efficiency.
When your vehicle is full of heavy items, it has to do more work and burn more fuel, so if you you are planning a long journey, or regularly travel with a full boot, think about leaving as much as you can at home.
Premium, super, and ultimate fuels contain active cleaning agents to remove dirt from the engine, which should improve fuel efficiency and reduce your emissions.
When an air filter gets clogged, the airflow to the engine is reduced, which can result in a number of problems. Check the recommended service intervals for the optimum time to change the filter.
The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you consume. To maximise your fuel efficiency, imagine that theres an egg under your pedal and an open cup of coffee on your dashboard you dont want to break the shell or spill the drink!
Dont labour your vehicles engine by holding on to one gear for too long. Instead, try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm (diesel) or 2,500 (petrol).
Unintentional dips in speed and sudden bursts of acceleration to keep pace take a toll on your tank and your wallet.
Stopping then starting again uses a significant amount more fuel than rolling along at a constant, low speed, so try slowing extra early when approaching traffic lights or a queue and you might not have to stop completely.
At low speeds, air-con can increases fuel consumption by as much as 20%, so try opening the windows when youre cruising around town.
Modern vehicles are packed with electrical components that put additional strain on your cars fuel tank. When driving, turn off any unnecessary electrics including heated screens, demisters and headlights if you dont need them.
Whether picking up the kids or nipping out to grab a pint of milk, quick trips are some of the least efficient journeys you can do behind the wheel, so try to group them together wherever possible.
Wind resistance increases fuel consumption, so try to keep windows closed at high speeds and remove roof racks and boxes when not in use.
According to the AA, automatics can use 10% to 15% more fuel than manuals.
Going faster uses more fuel. For example, driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more than at 60mph, and up to 15% more than at 50mph!