Eco-driving: lower fuel consumption for free

Free advice to lower your vehicle's fuel consumption without any investment… just by adopting a few good habits!

  • Check regularly the condition of your car. For example, poorly inflated or worn tires lead to over-consumption of fuel, not to mention your safety involved!
  • Do your interviews regularly, a sparing engine will not only pollute less but will also take you further. Knowing the ecological cost of manufacturing a car, believe us you will be a winner.
  • Where possible, let your engine warm up before you start to ride. For example, start it before putting on your seatbelt… a few seconds of warm-up never hurts. Don't "shoot" when it's cold! This greatly increases the wear and tear of your engine and creates significant overconsumption.
  • Drive smoothly, obey the speed limits (which are not randomly defined at the fuel consumption level), you thus consume at least 40% less fuel (than by being foot to the ground all the time), which generates less pollution and less risk of accident.
  • Avoid over-engine revs. Very fuel-intensive, not to mention premature wear, for power that is necessarily transmitted to the wheels. So use reports wisely.
  • Use the inertia of your vehicle! Do not brake at the “last minute” (or on the very last few meters), so you can gain 10 to 20% in the city by anticipating well. But beware of your safety, which comes first!
  • In Paris, the average speed of the metro is 27 km / h and that of a car 18 km / h… An average cyclist is therefore almost as fast! You will save time leaving your car in the garage. Use the car only for long trips (> 10 km) and, when possible, use public or natural transport (cycling and walking).
  • For trips less than two kilometers, try not to take the car. It overconsumes (from 50% to 80%) and overpollutes during the first kilometers (the catalytic converter is only effective after 7 km). You should know that 70% of the wear of an engine is during the first turns of the wheel… As many starting less, it is as many possible kilometers before the breakage of your engine! It's up to you to think ...
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  • Optimize your route according to your activities. Think before you go. Make your stops in a "logical" direction depending on the location of your activities. When you get in your car, do several “things” at the same time and if possible on an optimized route. For example, do not go to the Post Office to send a single letter, but do it at the same time as going to do your shopping, even if it means waiting a day or two (for non-urgent mail). It's silly and mean but it will save you time, money and stress! Do not optimize to the extreme, otherwise the stress factor will be losing ...
  • On vacation, if you have a lot of luggage, opt for a trailer rather than a roof rack which increases fuel consumption more than the trailer
  • Obviously choose light cars and less greedy if you live in town. In this regard the rule is simple, the bigger the car, the more it pollutes.
  • If possible, organize carpooling with your co-workers, with friends to take your children to school, with neighbors to do your shopping… Indeed, in France, the average occupancy rate per vehicle is only 1,2 people!
  • Beware of toxic waste (draining oils, solvents, battery acids ...). One liter of used motor oil thrown into the sewer pollutes around one million liters of water ! If you do your interviews yourself, take them to your dump.
  • At equivalent cost and as far as possible, prefer the train rather than your car or plane.
  • As a general rule and if possible, choose public transport: a car pollutes 10 to 20 times more than a bus per person transported (note this is true when public transport is full, the average filling rate being 35%). In addition, the municipalities have made real efforts to equip them in recent years… why not take advantage of it?
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Learn more about theeco driving

- Share your tips to reduce fuel consumption?

- Download the booklet “Accelerate intelligently” from the Swiss association Quality Alliance Eco-Drive, Switzerland

- And why not, just don't start your car? Promote cycling trips

- And a substantive debate: l'' does eco-driving (no longer) use cars?

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