Eco Network- environmentally friendly tavel tips for easter

With many of us planning trips away for Easter, PSA Eco Network has some tips for reducing your fuel
consumption and your impact on the environment (not to mention your wallet) these holidays.

Think before you drive

If you need to use a car, plan your journey carefully. A well-planned journey gets you to your destination in the

quickest and easiest way - which means less fuel and time wasted.

Reduce your car usage when you reach your destination. Short trips have a significant impact on fuel efficiency

(you use 20% more fuel when your engine is cold). Pick up supplies on the way back from an outing rather than

taking the car out again.

Tips for fuel-efficient driving

You can boost the overall fuel-efficiency of your car as much as 30% through simple vehicle maintenance and

attention to your style of driving. Here are some tips on fuel-efficient driving that will not only reduce greenhouse

gas emissions and other pollutants, but could save you hundreds of dollars in fuel costs:

Check your tyre pressure

- If it's too low, your car has to work harder and it can impact on the way the car

handles and brakes. Re-check your tyre pressure every month.

Drive smoothly

- Maintain a steady speed; use the highest gear possible without straining the engine. If you drive

an automatic, choose ‘economy’ mode to keep the engine speed down. Speed up, slow down and brake gently

and smoothly, provided it is safe to do so.

Watch your speed

- Driving fast not only increases the risk of accidents, but increases fuel costs too. Fuel

consumption increases significantly over about 90km/h. At 100km/h your car uses up to 25% more fuel than it

would cruising at 90km/h.

Look ahead

- Check what's happening ahead so you can adjust your speed early, and maintain a safe following

distance. It's better for your fuel economy to slow down early rather than brake too late.

Shift early

- Change at around 2,000 to 2,500 rpm. If you drive an automatic, allow the transmission to change

up early by accelerating gently on a light throttle.

Don’t be idle

- If you're going to be stationary for more than 30 seconds, switch off your engine. Steer clear of

peak traffic, and don't turn on your engine until you're ready to drive.

Care for your car

- A well-maintained car uses less fuel. Regular servicing including replacing oil and air filters as

required, the right tyres for the conditions and proper wheel alignment can make a big difference

Keep your load down

Carrying unnecessary weight in the vehicle increases fuel consumption by around two

percent for every 50 kg. Remove your luggage from the car when you arrive at your destination, and remove the

roof or cycle rack if you don’t need it.

The air in here

Air conditioning can add up to 10% to your fuel bill, so only use it when you really need it.

Windows down is an alternative to air con, but open windows at speed create so much drag they waste even

more energy.

And don’t forget… closing down over Easter

Before you head off on holiday, remind everyone at work to switch

off computers, printers and monitors at the wall.

PSA Eco Network wish you a safe and happy holiday.