Driving tips to reduce the CO2 emission of commercial vehicles

Posted on 24 September 2013 by Tony Santos


Many people believe fuel consumption is determined solely by what car you drive. You may be surprised to discover, your driving habits have just as much influence on your fuel consumption as your engine type. This is especially true for commercial vehicles 

When you consider that the average commercial vehicle (travelling 30,00kms per year) produces a whopping 60kg of harmful CO2 gas, it’s safe to say that fuel efficient driving is environmentally friendly driving.

Follow the tips below and watch your fuel efficiency rise and your CO2 emissions drop. Your wallet and the environment will thank you.

1. Lighten the load.

The heavier your load, the harder your engine will have to work and the more petrol it will consume. Check your boot, back seat and load tray for any unnecessary weight you are carrying – the lighter your load is, the heavier your wallet will become.

2. Inflate your tyres.

A vehicle’s fuel consumption rate is 4% higher when using under-inflated tyres. Be careful not to over inflate your tyres though, as it may result is less grip. Alternatively, you should check your vehicle manual for the recommended level.

3. Air condition, only when you have to.

Because your air conditioning system runs off your vehicle’s engine, a hard working air conditioning system can increase the fuel consumption of your commercial vehicle by as much as 10%. Please only use it when you need to but beware of opening a window instead – see below

4. Close your windows at high speeds.

By closing your windows and removing empty roof racks, you’ll reduce your vehicle’s wind resistance and lower your fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

5. Drive smoothly at reasonable speeds.

Darting in and out of traffic, driving at higher speeds and accelerating and breaking harshly won’t save you much time, and in the long run uses more fuel, and produces more harmful CO2 gases.

6. Combine trips.

Plan to complete as many jobs and run as many errands as possible in one trip instead of making multiple trips. For the few minutes of every trip, the vehicle’s engine is cold and therefore has to work harder and uses excess fuel.

7. Service, check, safety.

Love your vehicle, look after its needs. As parts of your engine wear out, your fuel consumption will rise. To combat this, regularly service commercial vehicles and check your oil level frequently. Services will provide the opportunity to spot faults before they become an issue and the combination of these services and your frequent oil checks will ensure your safety, and the efficiency of your vehicle.

Image Credit from Euobserver.com.

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