Don’t be a Bigfoot

It’s not complicated… accelerate gently, brake gently, coast when you can. It’s astonishing how much that can improve your car’s fuel consumption. There’s a word for it, hypermiling, that weirdly came from the US NASCAR scene which involves driving stock cars very fast in circles round a track. It’s not a sport known for its eco credentials, but they found that if they cut their fuel consumption when possible they can miss out time-wasting refuelling stops and win races.

Overview

Drive efficiently. If you can’t find an alternative to the car for a particular trip then driving in a way that uses less fuel cuts your carbon emissions, air pollution, and saves money. Most of it comes down to relaxing a bit, giving yourself time and taking it easy. Strange isn’t it; we’re probably used to rushing about in our cars so that we can get loads of things done so that we can finally… relax and take it easy. All we have to do is bring that forward into the driving.

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