Ultimate Cell eco-friendly driving training
Environmentally friendly driving
11. Drive with anticipation
Do not just look at the front vehicle. Driving in-front reduces the number of accelerations and braking, improving average fuel consumption and increasing ride comfort. By doing so you will have more reaction time to avoid contingency situation.
22. Drive at low speeds
Whenever possible, choose lower engine speeds. To do so, use higher gear when managing the gearbox.
33. Accelerate and decelerate smoothly.
Sudden accelerations cause your vehicle to consume more fuel and produce more air pollutants. The repeated accelerations and braking also cause a greater mechanical wear, increasing the discomfort of the trip.
44. Avoid idling situations.
During idle, an average car consumes approximately 1 l/h of fuel. Thus, in a few seconds, the energy expenditure associated with the engine connection is compensated by the amount of time the engine was turned off. A car at idle also contributes to ambient noise and increased air pollution.
55. When driving down and using brakes – Please keep in gear
A vehicle with modern technology cuts off fuel injection when the foot is removed off the accelerator while a gear change is maintained. This allows the use of the kinetic energy of the vehicle to prolong its movement, without having to consume fuel.
Thus, when you take your foot off the accelerator, always keep the gear engaged, whether downhill or in controlled braking situations (e.g. when approaching a toll), you can make more efficient use of the energy used.
66. Get to know your consumption
In order to improve the performance of your vehicle it is essential to recognise how you spend the fuel. Gain understanding to your fuel consumption and try to analyse your driving profile.
Currently there are several equipment, some are originally installed in the vehicle and others are aftermarket, of which allow you to monitor trips and obtain some parameters associated with your driving style. Use them whenever possible.
77. Other precautions to consider
Check tire pressure regularly.
Ensure your tires are inflated and the tire pressure is correct. Make sure the air filter is clean and the oil levels are topped up. With regular tune-ups, your car will be well-maintained and can reduce fuel consumption. However, it’s always recomended to follow your vehicle’s owner’s manual to keep the car running in its finest shape.
Use more efficient fuels, which reduces fuel consumption, reduces emissions of air pollutants and improves engine performance.
Air conditioning and seat heaters add strain to your battery and in turn makes your engine work harder. Use them in moderation and open your windows and sunroof when driving at city speed.