If you are determined to reduce your carbon footprint, there are several ways to make your daily driving more environmentally friendly. Driving a car, no matter how low-emission vehicle, creates a carbon footprint. Goodyear gives you the secrets of reducing your carbon footprint with a few points to pay attention to.
Reducing your carbon footprint requires knowing what actions could lead to more CO2 production. With a few small changes in your driving and driving behavior, you can successfully reduce your carbon footprint while traveling.
Do not press the accelerator and brake pedal hard
Green driving is through softening the commands you give to your vehicle. This requires you to brake early and gently when you want to slow down or stop. The same is true for acceleration. To accelerate, just apply a gentle pressure on the accelerator pedal. It is especially important that you do not get on the accelerator pedal suddenly when exiting traffic lights or intersections. Thus, you can not only reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by your vehicle, but also save fuel.
Choose the right tires
Since CO2 is emitted in tire production as in every production process, it would be wise to choose tires that will last the longest. While the key to reducing your carbon footprint is the service life of your tires, another factor you should take into account is rolling resistance. While rolling resistance is often an issue for large vehicles looking for efficiency, it is also a factor you should consider in your passenger car. Tires such as Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 are a fairly good example of tires that offer longer use with low rolling resistance for summer use (up to 50% longer service life than the previous generation).
Check your tires
Insufficiently inflated tires can have a huge impact on your vehicle's emissions. Make sure your tires are adequately inflated by checking your tire pressure. You can find the optimum tire pressure for your vehicle in your vehicle booklet. Driving with tires that are not inflated enough can increase fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, while making driving difficult.
Don't overload your vehicle
The more your vehicle is, the more power it takes to move. Get everything you don't need on your trip out of your vehicle. Carrying objects you don't need increases your carbon footprint and can cause your vehicle to wear out. Using roof racks can also create air resistance, significantly increasing your carbon emissions. When you are not using the roof rack or if you can carry your belongings inside your vehicle, remove the roof rack from your vehicle. Thus, you can increase the overall efficiency of your vehicle.
Use cruise control
If you can use cruise control in your vehicle, do not neglect this on long journeys. Transferring some of your driving commands to your vehicle reduces severe commands such as pressing the accelerator pedal hard. Keeping the speed at a steady level is much more efficient in terms of fuel consumption than changing it regularly.
Travel with your windows closed
While it's nice to travel with your windows open in scenic areas, this can significantly affect your vehicle's emissions at high speeds. To cope with the high wind resistance caused by open windows, your vehicle will use more fuel and thus generate more carbon.
Have your car serviced on time
Keeping your vehicle in perfect working order keeps your vehicle as efficient as possible. Your vehicle may consume more fuel than necessary, as small disruptions turn into big problems. For this reason, do not neglect to have your vehicle serviced at intervals recommended by the experts.