Is It Possible To Drive And Be Eco-Friendly At The Same Time?

People often say that if you want to help the environment, you should avoid driving. We all know that cars aren't great for the planet, but sometimes, it's not realistic to just stop driving altogether. You've got places you need to get to and if the public transport links are bad and it's too far to walk, you'll still need to use your car sometimes.

But that doesn't mean you can't reduce your impact on the environment. Even though you are driving, there are still ways that you can cut emissions and be more sustainable. These are some of the best sustainable driving tips to follow. 

Buy The Right Car

Getting the right car is key. A smaller car will use less fuel, so you'll be doing the environment a favor. A smaller car may not seem like the best choice, but if you are living in an urban environment it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience. Minis are a great option if you want a small, stylish car that doesn't create too many emissions. They're popular, so you can easily find a Mini dealership in the local area. As well as size, you should also consider fuel efficiency, because a more efficient car saves you money and reduces your impact on the planet. 

Driving Economically

Driving economically has a big impact on fuel efficiency. Sustained speeds are most efficient, especially compared with stop-start driving. You'll save around 20% on fuel by avoiding high speeds. Also, using your gears efficiently is important too. Making sure you are traveling in the right gear for the speed you are going can also help to reduce emissions output. 

Give People Rides

Reducing the number of cars on the road is the easiest way to cut emissions. So, carpooling is a great way to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Not only will you be cutting emissions, but you might also find that giving someone a ride makes your journey more enjoyable. If you can stop driving altogether then that would be the best option. However, if it's not possible to live without a car then carpooling is a great way to do your bit for the environment. You can split the cost of fuel too, so everybody saves money. 

Only Drive When You Need To

This might sound quite obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people drive around when they don't need to. A lot of the time, it comes down to laziness or lack of time. When you have the ability to walk, cycle or use public transport then do so if possible. It will reduce your emissions dramatically because you won't just be driving when you need it. If you walk or cycle instead of driving all of the time, it helps you stay active if you don’t have time to hit the gym, so it's great for your health too. 

It's a bit unrealistic to say that you will never drive again. But you can make driving a bit more sustainable if you follow these simple tips.