Most of us are getting more and more concerned about what is happening to the environment around us. Everywhere we see billboards, TV adverts and magazine articles about how we need to cut down on landfill rubbish and recycle more. They have a point don’t they?
If we don’t start doing something now over the next decade or two European law will be strengthened to force us to take serious action steps to cut out the levels of CO2 in the air we are all breathing.
7 Little Things We Can Do With Our Cars To Reduce CO2
By changing the way we drive and service our cars to produce less CO2 means running the car can save you money as well. Save the earth and save your pocket a Win-Win saving all round. Ellon in Aberdeenshire is primarily a a rural area so a large percentage of the CO2 will be coming from car engines rather than industry pollution.
1 A Clean Car Engine Works More Efficiently So Uses Less Fuel
As you might have guessed already a simple car service will make the engine work more efficiently. That alone can save you money over the next six to 12 months. However we also recommend that you don’t just change the oil (plus both the air and oil filters) but also flush out any contamination that has built up inside your engine. We can do that for you as part of your normal car service here in Aberdeenshire. You will find having a really clean engine inside you will be using less fuel (saving money) and producing less CO2 around us.
2 Tyre Pressures
Get into the habit of checking your car tyre pressures every week. Do it again before any planned long journeys. Two reasons for this.
a) Tyres at too low a a pressure do not roll correctly. This means using more fuel and increased CO2.
b) Tyres at too high a pressure are not able to grip the road so well so will be less safe.
Check the car manual to find out the correct pressure for you car. I always have a note in my glove compartment showing the correct pressure for front and back wheels so I can always get it right every time I check — no mistakes.
3 Are You Carrying Too Much Weight?
No, I am not getting too personal here. I am talking about excessive weight being stored in the car. Things that you don’t need. Do you need that snow shovel in the car all year round? Is there any rubbish you put in the car boot to take to the dump and simply forgot about it? Removing that extra weight will reduce the engine’s workload so you burn less fuel and reduce the CO2 emissions.
Okay if you are a little overweight follow your doctors advice and cut back there as well. Don’t forget you are also causing your body to work harder just carrying that weight around. Lose it and you personally don’t generate so much CO2.
4 Your Driving Speed And CO2
Okay Croft Autotech does high performance car engine tuning here in Aberdeenshire. However it is also shown that most cars being driven at 60 mph saves around 9-10% fuel compared to driving the same distance at 70mph. Drop the speed to 50 mph and you could be saving around 15% on fuel. With similar stats for CO2 figure.
Forget the old joke where you tell the policeman you are having to break the speed limit so you can get home before you run out of fuel. It won’t work with them and it won’t work right for your pocket or your environmental CO2 emission figure.
Remember we can also re-tune your car as part of the car service to give you the best economy whilst still having good standards of performance. It’s all part the car servicing plans we give our customers.
5 Less Stopping And Starting Saves Money And CO2.
When you are driving along you are naturally (I hope) looking ahead and seeing the traffic in front of you. If you see the traffic is slowing down that is the time to gently take your foot off the accelerator pedal. If you leave your car in gear changing down as appropriate you may not need to brake but you will be ready to speed up again if traffic starts to move faster. You will also reduce wear and tear on your brakes as well as petrol and CO2.
6 Over Revving The Engine Accelerates CO2 Emissions
I am not not just referring to when sitting at red traffic lights but in normal driving. Using the engine and gears correctly can save you money. Get to know your car. Consider changing up at around 2,500 rpm (or 2,000 if driving a diesel). If you took advantage of our ECU remapping service here in Aberdeenshire the power at those lower revs will be more than enough.
7 Leaving Your Engine Idling is Wasting Money
Seriously if you are in a very long queue of traffic and you engine is just sitting there idling you are wasting fuel and adding to CO2 emissions. If you think you are going to be at a complete standstill for around 2 to 3 minutes or even more just switch off the engine. The same applies when you are sitting waiting for a passenger to return.
NOTE: We have not made any recommendations about not using the car. For many of us because of where we live or work in Rural Aberdeenshire the car is essential . However the above recommendations are still applicable to us to reduce the effects of CO2 pollution.