Ecological driving

How to drive environmentally friendly and save fuel

It is not only in times of high petrol prices that it is important to pay attention to an environmentally friendly driving style. Traffic is increasing more and more, and unfortunately so are exhaust fumes and particulate matter emissions. Every litre of petrol saved is therefore not only good for your wallet, but also for the environment and your fellow human beings.

In the following, we'll tell you which tricks you can use to easily reduce your fuel consumption while still having fun driving.

[Translate to English:] Wer ökologisch fährt, schont nicht nur die Umwelt, sondern auch den Geldbeutel.
[Translate to English:] Wer ökologisch fährt, schont nicht nur die Umwelt, sondern auch den Geldbeutel.

One of the easiest ways to save fuel is to clean up your car and have only what you really need with you. So get out with your inline skates, the drinks crate, your climbing equipment or whatever else is slumbering in your trunk.

Do you still have the roof racks from your last winter holiday on the roof or the flags of the last football World Cup? All these "attachments" increase the driving resistance and therefore have an enormous influence on your consumption. Don't you think? An engineer from the University of Manchester wanted to know exactly and calculated that the English would have needed a total of 1.22 million litres more fuel during the 2014 World Cup. Had because they were eliminated in the preliminary round. According to his calculations, an average car with two flags mounted requires one litre more fuel per hour at a speed of around 110 km/h due to the drag of the fluttering pennants.

You probably know it from cycling: Not enough pressure in the tyre and you have to pedal a lot more. That goes for the car too. Therefore it is best to check your tyre pressure regularly.

Sure, pushing the accelerator pedal really is fun, but like a lot of fun, there is also a "but" here. Of course, the gas foot is accompanied by a significant increase in consumption. It is definitely gentler on your wallet if you treat your accelerator pedal more gently. Early upshifts, driving at low speed, or even disengaging the clutch and letting it roll when it's downhill, for example, significantly reduce your fuel consumption. Also the additional consumption is enormous at some speeds. When driving on the motorway, a speed reduction of ten kilometres per hour helps. If you only drive 130 km/h instead of 140 km/h, this has a very positive effect on your fuel consumption. At a constant speed of 120 km/h, large engines are particularly economical.

These and some other useful tips can be found in this video.

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