Our driving style and habits affect not only our fuel usage, but also the entire environment. The European Petroleum Industry Association and the European Commission provide several tips on ways to reduce fuel consumption while protecting the environment.
1. Maintain your car well and regularly check the oil level.
Properly maintained cars run more efficiently, reducing CO2 emissions.
2. Check tire pressure every month.
Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 4% *.
3. Remove unnecessary heavy objects from the trunk or rear seat of your car.
The heavier the car, the more intense operation of the engine is, and a car consumes more fuel, respectively.
4. Close the windows, especially at very high speeds, and remove an empty roof rack.
This will reduce wind resistance, leading to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10% **.
5. Use air conditioning only when necessary.
Unnecessary use of air conditioning can increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 5% **.
6. Start driving immediately after starting the engine and stop the engine if you have stopped for more than one minute. Modern cars allow you to simply sit down and take off, thus reducing fuel consumption.
7. Choose the right speed and, most importantly, drive consistently. Each time a sudden acceleration or a sudden stop results in a car engine using more fuel and emitting more CO2.
8. Change gears as early as possible when accelerating. A higher fuel efficiency can be achieved when driving in higher gear **.
9. Try to anticipate traffic flow. See the traffic ahead of you as far ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and speeding in the flow of cars.
10. Try car sharing with others when going to work or on holidays. This way you will contribute to reduction of traffic jams and fuel consumption. ORLEN gas station chain participates in the efficient driving programme “It is not only fuel that you save”.