Published on17 July 2020. Edited on19 July 2021.
Adopting eco-driving, maintaining your vehicle properly, choosing high-quality fuels and driving without unnecessary components are just a few tips to reduce fuel consumption and pollution at the wheel.
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The benefits of eco-driving
Smooth and calm driving makes it possible to drive more responsibly. Avoid strong accelerations and decelerations that are too fast and prefer a smoother ride. It is therefore advisable not to over-rev and to adapt your gear ratios, but also to anticipate decelerations.
A speed reduction of 10 km/h reduces CO2 emissions by 12.5% over a 500 km journey. Another simple solution to limit consumption and pollution while driving is to turn off the engine when your vehicle is stationary.
Good tire pressure, changed filters, oil changes: a well-maintained vehicle consumes less fuel and pollutes less. Regular maintenance can reduce pollutant emissions by up to 20% compared to a poorly maintained vehicle.
Did you know that? If your diesel vehicle has an AdBlue® tank, you are helping to improve air quality. Indeed, AdBlue® combined with SCR technology treats almost all nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the diesel engine.
Choosing a high-performance fuel
Whether you choose gasoline or diesel, you can opt for premium quality fuels such as Excellium. Excellium reduces engine clogging, thus reducing fuel consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions:
- A clean engine consumes less fuel: A dirty engine can increase fuel consumption, which is why keeping it clean is essential to maintain its efficiency. The detergent technologies contained in Excellium reduce fuel consumption.
- A clean engine pollutes less: By allowing the engine to run more smoothly, Excellium contributes to the reduction of polluting emissions (carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons). In addition, the reduction in consumption directly leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
- A clean engine lasts longer: By eliminating deposits, Excellium helps maintain engine performance and increase its longevity.
Unsurprisingly, the more a car is loaded, the more fuel it will consume and pollute. It is therefore advisable to rid your vehicle of unnecessary equipment such as roof racks and roof box. Although they are not necessarily very heavy, these elements affect the vehicle’s aerodynamics and lead to over-consumption. If you’re not using it, you can also remove your towball to save a few pounds and empty your trunk of unnecessarily bulky items.
Avoid the superfluous
To minimize your vehicle’s fuel consumption, avoid charging your phone, external battery or GPS. The electricity supplied to these devices is generated by the engine, resulting in increased fuel consumption. The same is true for air conditioning, which increases consumption by 7% and uses gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect.