The Covid caused pollutant emissions to be drastically reduced, which gave Spanish cities a certain truce. Nevertheless, with the return to normality, the private car has experienced a great demand to the detriment of other more ecological means of transport. This has caused an increase in pollution in the main Spanish cities, causing alarms and anti-pollution protocols to go off.
Carrying out efficient driving has an effect of reducing the environmental impact, as well as on the pocket of drivers, who can experience savings of around 300 euros per year, a figure that can be increased up to 900 euros per year in case of combining this type of driving
in a new vehicle compared to an old one.
National Association of Manufacturers ANFAC, new cars incorporate “much more efficient” technologies than old ones, which makes it possible to experiment a decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 30%.
Brake with the engine and use high gears are the main practices for efficient driving. These tips are part of the campaign that Hello Auto is carrying out, within the context of the mobility week and which aims to help its customers improve their driving and to make it more efficient and ecological.
To achieve efficient driving it is necessary to follow a series of steps that improve engine performance and what happens, in some cases, in reducing the resistance that the car experiences when making a journey. These tips could be summarized in three groups: driving, motor and use of accessories.
The first group concerns how a driver drives on the road. A) Yes, reduce top speed on the highway, will help greatly to reduce consumption and therefore emissions. The key to doing this is trying to keep a constant average speed, neither too high nor too low, paying attention to the indications of the traffic authorities.
In addition to slowing down, efficient driving also means maintaining a good safety distance, which will prevent sudden braking and help maintain speed. In addition, driving calmly, without rushing and anticipating possible road incidents, will make the engine not have to make extra efforts and thus we will reduce emissions.
The second group of tips corresponds to the use of the engine. That is to say, get the most out of it like braking with the engine, taking advantage of the gear change when stopping at an obstacle, traffic light or any unforeseen event. Also, if high gears are used, since the vehicle will not rev and consumption will not skyrocket.
Finally, knowing make correct use of accessories that the car has can help us improve driving efficiency. For example, air conditioning is one of the factors that most affects consumption, so it is recommended not to take extreme temperatures and optimize its use. In addition, when we reach a considerable speed it is essential to close the windows, because it brakes the vehicle and offers much more resistance. On the other hand, a bad position of the roof rack or the bicycle hitch will also cause the car to slow down and consume more fuel.
These practices must be accompanied periodic reviews to detect in time any problem in the engine or elements of the car that are not ready. Since if any component deteriorates, the vehicle will make an excessive effort which will translate into increased consumption and, therefore, higher emissions.
As a result of these tips, the Spanish insurer recommends having ‘Hello Auto Connect’, the driving assistant developed by the company and that offers different functionalities such as speed limit, vehicle location or even subsequent route analysis in the company’s app. All this to help achieve efficient driving.
“The products we offer are designed so that the driver can get the most out of efficient driving. Both ‘Hello Auto Smart’, where good driving is rewarded, and ‘Hello Auto Flex’, paying only for what you use the car, are focused on ensuring that Spanish drivers have efficient driving, thus helping the environment and to the preservation of cities ”, he explains Martin Martinez, general manager of business development at
RACEAs a general rule, driving in urban spaces is the one that empties our tank the fastest. This is due to the fact that an irregular driving is carried out, with continuous acceleration and braking, which does not help to achieve efficient driving and increases consumption figures significantly.
However, on the highway, consumption is lower, precisely because a constant pressure is maintained on the accelerator and the brake is less pressed. Of course, as the speed increases, so does the consumption, since the engine the has to fight the resistance of the wind. Therefore, in addition to the fact that it is not legal to go faster than 120 km / h, it is not advisable to exceed this speed to maintain good consumption averages.
Thanks to efficient driving, the driver will save on fuel and maintenance, since this type of driving makes the vehicle suffer less wear; increases comfort and reduces driving stress, since the way in which the maneuvers are carried out during the march avoids any sudden movement or braking; and reduces pollution, reducing polluting gases and gases emitted by cars, which is why it has a great social and environmental value.