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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

ECO DRIVING

Eco driving is a term used to describe energy efficient use of vehicles. It is a great and easy way to reduce fuel consumption from road transport so that less fuel is used to travel the same distance.

Smooth driving

Not only will you save fuel by about 15%, by driving smoothly, but you will also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle and reduce pollution.

Good forward planning will reduce the emissions being dispersed into the air and cause less environmental pollution

Green Band Driving

Most large vehicles have a rev counter  that is divided into coloured bands. This helps you to drive in the most fuel efficient way and avoid damage to the engine.

The green band is the one giving adequate torque and power with the optimum fuel economy.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

You should ensure that maintenance schedules are strictly followed, and that filters are changed regularly, exhaust emissions meet current regulations and diesel injectors are operating efficiently.

Energy saving tyres

Less fuel will be used to move your vehicle at the same speed if you use a tyre with reduced rolling resistance, compared to one of normal construction.

Wind defectors

Wind deflectors direct the wind either around or over your vehicle. Your vehicle then requires less power to make progress against the wind. As a result, your vehicle will use less fuel.

Suspension

Road-friendly suspension reduces the vibration caused by the impact of the wheels on road surfaces and bridges

Tyre pressure

Check tyre pressures frequently at least once a month and before driving at high speed

NOISE POLLUTION

Engine noise

If possible turn off your engine when parked. Not only does this benefit the environment it is also considerate, especially in urban areas.

Reversing beeper & horn

It is an offence to operate an audible warning system on a roads with a speed limit of 30 mph  or under  between 11.30 pm and 7 am unless in immediate danger.

Have some consideration for the residents and don’t disturb them with excessive noise.

ROUTE PLANNING

Plan your journey before you set out. This can help to make it much easier, more pleasant and ease traffic congestion. Look at a map or use an on-line route planner to help you do this.

Try and avoid busy city centres’ by using bypasses.  You are more likely to travel at a constant speed on a bypass which will benefit the environment.