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5 tips to drive greener and feel better

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It’s quite easy to reduce your carbon footprint when you are behind the wheel. It will help you feel better and your wallet will thank you too.

Traffic is your arch-enemy 

Being stuck in traffic is not only irritating, it creates more CO2. If you let your engine run for just 20 seconds, it burns more fuel and emits more emissions than simply turning it off and starting it up when you are ready to get going again. Also, don’t forget the many apps that can help you beat heavy traffic. And if you still get stuck in a traffic jam, just shift to neutral and be patient.

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Go easy on the A/C 

Another useful tip. Don’t overdo it with the air conditioning and open the windows once in a while. Everyone in the car will be thankful for that breath of fresh air that will cool down their crimson faces. If you need to park, find a shaded parking space and use a windshield sunshade to help your car stay cooler. 

 

Haste makes waste 

Say goodbye to gung-ho driving because another great way to save petrol is to avoid sudden starts and stops. You also want to respect the speed limit, so whenever possible, use your vehicle’s cruise control features. Did you know that speeding at over 89 km/h reduces your fuel efficiency by almost 15%?

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The more the merrier 

Have you ever tried carpooling? It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. They will be forever grateful that you spared them a stuffy trip on public transport. And you will really enjoy sharing your latest playlist “Sounds effects from the Sea”. Who knows… they might even like it!

 

Give your tyres some extra care

Luckily, when you rent a car with us you get a vehicle with tyres inflated to the right pressure. That alone will improve your fuel consumption by up to 3% against under-inflated tyres. Your tyres shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you are covering long distances. Occasionally, pull in at the petrol station and check the tyres in case they have lost PSI and need extra air – take time out to enjoy a coffee break too. Everyone sure needs their specific kind of fresh air!

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