Over the last decade, cars have become far more economical. Better fuel consumption has resulted in lower carbon emissions and potentially cheaper motoring for drivers. Indeed, new figures from a leading car leasing firm have found that the average emissions of new company cars fell to a record low in the first half of 2013.
There are lots of ways that you can help the environment by cutting your emissions. And, you’ll save money in the process. Here, we look at the latest company car emissions figures before highlighting five simple ways in which you can cut your car’s fuel consumption.
Company car emissions fall to a record low
Leading UK car leasing firm ALD Automotive has revealed that average emissions of new company cars fell to a record low of 126g/km during the first half of 2013. Similarly, emissions have dropped by almost a quarter (24%) in the past decade.
“Company car fleets have come a long way over the last ten years in dramatically improving their carbon footprint and delivering significant financial savings to businesses,” said managing director Mel Dawson.
“Carbon emissions remain very much under the spotlight and, with emissions and taxation inextricably linked, we are working closely with our customers to help them stay one step ahead of legislation.”
Five little-known ways to cut your fuel consumption
1. Empty the boot
Whatever type of car you drive – whether using contract hire, dealer finance or a car lease – you’ll use extra fuel if there is extra weight in your car. So, it makes sense that you should empty the boot of all unnecessary baggage.
MSN reports that it is estimated that every 30kg carried in a car reduces fuel economy by 1%. So, removing unnecessary items from the boot of your car can offer real and tangible savings.
2. Get your car serviced regularly
Your car is more efficient when its engine is running at maximum capacity. To ensure this it is important that you have your car serviced at regular intervals.
Many car leasing plans include maintenance and servicing and so there’s no excuse for you not having your car regularly checked over. MSN says that ‘ignoring the service intervals laid down by the manufacturer is a recipe for all kinds of trouble, including reduced fuel economy.’
3. Shut your windows
If you’re driving at low speeds, then opening the window for a bit of air shouldn’t significantly affect your fuel consumption. However, at higher speeds, the aerodynamic impact of open windows comes into effect. The additional drag caused by having your window open can result in your engine having to work harder, using more petrol or diesel in the process.
4. Don’t fill up with fuel
Just as you should empty your car when driving to reduce the weight of your vehicle, it can also pay to put smaller amounts of fuel in your car more often.
Fuel itself is heavy and so filling your car up makes it heavier, reducing your fuel economy. You can save money by putting a little less fuel in more often.
5. Don’t get lost
Planning your journey in advance can help you to cut your fuel costs. Driving for a long time – particularly in urban areas – can significantly increase your fuel consumption and may also affect the smoothness of your driving as you become more frustrated.
Try to use a map or satellite navigation system to plan your route. Some modern satnav systems will even help you to plan the most economical route to your destination.