World Environment Day: 5 simple tips for environmentally friendly driving

World Environment Day, celebrated every year on June 5, reminds us of our collective responsibility to protect our planet from ever-increasing pollution. An important area where we can make a positive impact is through the use of our car or even a two-wheeler. By adopting environmentally friendly practices, everyone can do their part to reduce our carbon footprint for a healthier environment. Here are some simple tips to protect the environment while driving.

1. Maintain your vehicle regularly

The most crucial way to protect not only the environment but also your vehicle is timely maintenance. Whether you have a car or a two-wheeler, proper maintenance ensures that your vehicle runs efficiently. To be precise, regularly changing the engine oil, replacing the air filter or spark plugs, cleaning the brakes or replacing worn brake pads at regular intervals, and tuning the engine can improve fuel economy and reduce emissions . Additionally, keeping your tires at the correct pressure can also improve mileage.

2. Choose economical or highly hybrid vehicles

If you are planning to buy a new car, but do not yet want an electric vehicle (EV), you can opt for an economical car or a strong hybrid, which does not need to charge like an EV. Choosing an economical or powerful hybrid vehicle is one of the most impactful decisions you can make. Cars with better mileage emit fewer greenhouse gases or even consider hybrid vehicles, which provide a significant reduction in emissions.

Currently, there are only three highly hybrid models in the market around the Rs 20 lakh price range, namely the Honda City e:HEV, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. If you want a more premium or luxury car, there is Toyota Innova Hycross, Toyota Camry and Lexus RX 500h, NX 350h and ES 350h. For EV buyers, there are plenty of options, ranging from the MG Comet EV to the ultra-luxury Rolls Royce Spectre.

3. Drive smoothly and responsibly

Aggressive driving, such as sudden acceleration and braking, can increase fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. By adopting a smooth driving style and applying light pressure to the accelerator and brake pedals, you will not only save fuel, but also minimize wear and tear on the vehicle, increasing the chance of reduced emissions. Not to mention, maintaining a steady speed and using cruise control on highways can also contribute to better fuel economy.

Idling wastes fuel and increases emissions. If you have to wait a long time, such as at a signal, a drive-thru, a railroad crossing, or even while waiting to pick someone up, it’s best to turn off your engine. Most modern vehicles come with an automatic start/stop system.

4. Use a portable trash can

Instead of throwing your fuel bills and other trash in the door pockets or armrest storage, consider using a car trash can. Not only will it maintain the cleanliness of your car, but it will also help reduce the amount of waste thrown away in public areas or on the road.

5. Plan your trips and lighten your load

By combining errands into one trip or avoiding leaving home during peak hours, you can reduce the total distance you travel and minimize the time your car is driving. Even if you know routes in your city, you can use maps to find the most efficient routes and avoid traffic congestion. Planning your commute can also help you avoid peak times, further improving fuel efficiency.

In addition, carrying excess weight in your vehicle can have a negative effect on fuel economy. Remove unnecessary items from your car, especially heavy ones. Avoid installing roof racks and truck beds as they can affect aerodynamics and increase fuel consumption.

All in all, you can also try to get to your destination at least once a week by public transport, by bike or on foot. These alternatives are not only good for the environment, but they also save you money on fuel and parking. Another benefit of walking or cycling to run errands is that you stay healthy and proactive. If we commit to small changes in our driving and driving habits, everyone together can make a significant impact on the environment.

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