Sunday, May 28

Five tricks to drive while damaging the environment as little as possible


A. NOGUEROL The Baqrco of Avila

For more than 40 years, the United Nations has set June 5 on the calendar as World Environment Day, a key date to promote actions aimed at caring for and conserving our planet.

If we drive efficiently with our car, we can contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and other harmful elements. In addition, we will also be able to reduce consumption, which is very beneficial for our pocket at a time when fuel prices are at their all-time high.

Before this date the specialists of
Midas They offer us a series of tips focused on driving more efficiently and less polluting, thus contributing to caring for the environment and the planet.

Do not leave the car running: keep the car running during periods of time when we are not driving (for example, when the car is stopped because we are waiting for someone to get in). This habit is inefficient and polluting in equal parts. Therefore, it is best to turn off the vehicle completely if the stop is going to be over a minute. This is an effective exercise in vehicles that do not have systems such as Start&Stop, since in those that do have this technology it is recommended to activate it to automatically control the electrical energy system. In this way, it is possible to know when the engine has to be stopped or started depending on the different elements that are activated in the passenger compartment (climate control, navigation system, radio…) contributing to fuel savings and the reduction of polluting gas emissions.

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Beware of excess weight generated by luggage: with the arrival of summer, family trips to vacation destinations such as coastal or rural areas multiply. In this sense, images are common in which vehicles full of luggage are seen, something that is not recommended, since it is estimated that it can mean an extra 5% of fuel consumption and, therefore, greater emission of polluting gases. As a consequence, it is key to control the weight of the luggage, do without those things that are not necessary and place the load well in the trunk.

To reduce speed, the engine brake whenever possible: when we reduce the speed of our vehicle we tend to do so intuitively by pressing the corresponding pedal. Instead, using engine braking, the car comes to a progressive stop by holding and slowing down without consuming fuel. In this way, not only is the mechanics of the car protected (brake pads, etc.), but the use of fuel and the emission of polluting gases are also reduced.

Regulate the use of air conditioning: with the arrival of summer we tend to use more air conditioning to regulate the temperature of the vehicle, but we must bear in mind that this leads to higher fuel consumption. The optimal temperature for traveling should be between 22 and 23 degrees Celsius so that it is not too cold inside and thus reduce consumption.

Shift gears at the right time and use high gears: For efficient driving, experts recommend driving in high gears. In current cars, paying attention to the display indicator that indicates when to change gear allows you to optimize fuel consumption. In addition, if your vehicle has what is known as “Driving Modes”, it is important to use the “ECO” mode, both on the road and in the city, since in this way consumption is reduced by preventing the engine from revving in excess and pollutes less, therefore, it is a way of driving sustainably.

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