Keep an eye on en­vi­ron­ment when you drive

Middleton Guardian - - MIDDLETON PEOPLE -

THIS week’s tips, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man, are about rid­ing and driv­ing for the ben­e­fit of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Al­ways place rub­bish in a bin or bag it for later.

No­body likes a lit­ter­bug – driv­ers who are lit­ter­ing will face au­to­matic fines of around £75 but this is set to in­crease to £150 un­der cur­rent gov­ern­ment plans. The fines ap­ply to driv­ers and they will also be held per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for any lit­ter chucked by their pas­sen­gers.

For mul­ti­ple car own­ers in one house­hold, why not car share?

If you are do­ing the morn­ing com­mute it is bet­ter to have fewer cars on the road and can also save money on fuel con­sump­tion. Park and ride can also be a green op­tion with new ser­vices be­ing added all the time.

If you must drive, only carry what is needed.

De­clut­ter the boot as the ex­tra weight makes your en­gine work harder, lead­ing to in­creased fuel con­sump­tion Let’s not be idle. Leav­ing your en­gine run­ning when you are not mov­ing or parked wastes a lot of fuel and is il­le­gal. Start your en­gine when you are about to move, and if your ve­hi­cle is fit­ted with stop-start make sure you know how to prop­erly use it.

Check your tyre pres­sures as un­der­in­flated tyres waste valu­able fuel.

And while you are at it re­move any un­used roof racks or roof boxes. Keep­ing win­dows closed at high speeds re­duces drag but go gen­tle on the air con­di­tion­ing and other elec­tri­cal ex­tras as they are well known to add to en­gine load. Do you re­ally need the heated seats on in sum­mer? Plan your jour­ney. Get­ting lost and stuck in traf­fic wastes fuel.

Richard said: “A small amount of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion will go a long way in min­imis­ing your car­bon foot­print, an added bonus is the money you save on fuel.

“Keep­ing your car in tip top con­di­tion with reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing is es­sen­tial but at the end of the day your driv­ing style will have the big­gest im­pact.

“Re­mem­ber – if you stop on route don’t leave your lit­ter for oth­ers to clear up.”

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