5 Ways to Make Driving More Sustainable

There is a shift toward sustainable driving these days to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Fuel is more expensive than ever, so reducing it helps with your household economy and bills. Carbon reduction is also important as the world moves towards net zero emissions by 2050. 

Driving Style 

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you can benefit from changing your driving style to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Most cars today are fitted with an engine cut-off system that stops the engine when you are idling. If not, remember to cut the engine manually. 

The speed at which you drive is another important element in fuel efficiency and carbon reduction. The best speed for fuel economy depends on whether you are driving on a motorway or a suburban area. In general, driving at around 80 km/h is the ideal speed for fuel economy.     

Electric Vehicles 

One of the best ways to make your driving more sustainable these days is to switch from a combustion engine to an electric vehicle. The infrastructure for EVs has improved considerably in the last few years, making them a more viable option for commuters and weekend drivers. Even if they are still incredibly expensive here in South Africa. But at least we are moving in the right direction.

Electric vehicles don’t have zero emissions. The electricity they use comes partly from fossil fuel burning; however, EVs have zero emissions on the road, making the local air cleaner. In terms of driving, an EV is smooth, quiet, and reliable. A fantastic option for SA in the meantime is a hybrid vehicle. 

Car Rental 

Something else we need more of in South Africa are places like sydneyutehire.com.au. Renting a car has a range of benefits, such as lower costs, more sustainability, no maintenance, and fewer responsibilities. These days, more people are choosing to rent a car instead of buying one. 

Car rental is simple and straightforward; all you need to do is contact the rental company and provide a few documents. Then you will have the chance to browse a range of high-quality vehicles online and choose one that meets your requirements. Car rental is more eco-friendly.    

Car Sharing 

If you prefer to avoid costs and responsibilities altogether, you could benefit from car sharing. Car sharing generally takes two forms. Some people car share with friends and neighbours, while others take park in a local car sharing system. Again, we need to implement this in SA.

A local car-sharing system is organized online. Participants signup into the system and then choose a car that’s available in the local area. Use the car according to your requirements and then drop it off at an official location for someone else. It’s a cost-saving carbon saving system.   

Optimise Vehicle 

Whether you drive a petrol or diesel vehicle, your fuel economy is affected by a number of factors. You might have noticed that the way you drive can improve your fuel economy, but if not, try the following tips. Fuel economy is affected by the car’s weight, tyres, and driving. 

Firstly, the car’s weight influences the fuel used when driving, so look for ways to reduce the load and save on fuel. Some ways to reduce weight include removing the spare tyre and heavy components. Make sure you have fuel-efficient tyres fitted and adapt your driving to save.  

I’m Julz, South African motoring journalist with a passion for cars and a questionable sense of humour. I am not your average motoring journalist, and this is not your average motoring website.

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