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Vehicle usage and maintenance

Driving efficiently

Fuel usage can be reduced by the following driving techniques:

  • driving smoothly
  • choosing appropriate gear (in manual cars)
  • reducing idling time
  • reducing load and weight resistance
  • minimising air-conditioner use
  • not overfilling with fuel.

Planning and combining trips can increase efficiency and reduce pollution e.g. by avoiding peak times and congested areas. Also, catalytic converters installed in vehicles to reduce air pollution emissions do not start working properly until warmed up so short trips can be more environmentally harmful. Frequent stopping and starting also uses more fuel.


A well-maintained and serviced car emits fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

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