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Greener Driving

The environment is a big issue in society today, so there's never been a more important time to make a change. Bridgestone's 'Make Cars Green Campaign' helps reduce the impact of cars on the environment (and save you money) - just follow these practical tips to do your part.

  • Buy Green - a more efficient car costs less to run. Greener Driving Look out tyres which offer low rolling resistance for excellent fuel economy and less CO2 emissions.
  • Plan Your Journey - and save on fuel and time. Choose the quickest routes with minimal congestion.
  • Check your tyre pressures frequently - a correctly inflated tyre decreases rolling resistance, increases fuel efficiency and gives better grip - making it a greener and safer tyre. Check them regularly with our tyre pressure advice.
  • Reduce loads and avoid the need for roof racks - heavier cars need more energy to move so carrying excess weight will heighten fuel bills. Remove any unnecessary items.
  • Don't warm up your engine before starting off - modern cars don’t need to be warmed up before starting off, except in extremely cold conditions.
  • Use air conditioning only when necessary - AC causes your vehicle to consume more fuel so think twice before letting it run continuously. When travelling at slow speeds, it’s more efficient to open the windows.
  • Accelerate gently and keep a constant speed - gentle driving uses less fuel. Avoid abrupt, heavy acceleration as this incurs unnecessary wear on your tyres and brakes.
  • Use engine breaking - using the natural braking power of the engine saves on fuel. Releasing the accelerator when recognising the need to slow down stops the fuel supply leading to a 2% increase in fuel efficiency.
  • Don't idle your engine - whilst the engine is idling the car is still using fuel! Ten minutes of engine idling (in neutral, with AC off) wastes 130cc of fuel.
  • Offset your CO2 emissions - CO2 production as a result of transport is often unavoidable, but if you do drive you can still contribute to CO2 reduction by offsetting emissions.