Treatment Neumáticos Usados, S.L. (TNU), One of the tyre collection agencies in Spain, has prepared a few tips for an ‘Ecological Driving’.
TNU's Ten Top Tips for Tyres
In its statement, TNU explains that “driving style has a great influence on the consumption of any car, certain habits increase the cost of fuel, even cause the premature deterioration of the vehicles. On the other hand, the excess of pollutants in the atmosphere is one of the biggest problems that drivers face today. The harmful emissions that come from cars are the cause of the high percentage of pollution in the atmosphere. Transport uses mostly fossil fuels, which produce high CO2 emissions, contributing to climate change. For this reason, every day more importance is given to ecological or efficient driving. "
TNU goes on to point out that “eco-driving is a responsible way of driving that aims to reduce fuel consumption and contribute to sustainable mobility. According to data provided by the DGT, efficient driving can save 10 to 25% of fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by 15%. It also improves driving comfort and safety, since calm at the wheel and anticipation is one of its keys, which reduces the risk and severity of accidents. "
TNU’s Ten Tips:
Drive calmly, circulate with minimal braking or accelerating and adjust your speed to the posted limits or to existing traffic.
Incorrect tyre pressure, in addition to being dangerous, increases fuel consumption by up to 10% and shortens the life of the tyres. Check your pressure monthly, because with properly inflated tyres you can increase your mileage by approximately 3.3%.
Maintain and monitor the good condition of the valves and tyre caps, they are responsible for maintaining correct pressure, thus extending useful tyre life and consuming less fuel.
Driving with higher gears, and at low revs, produces less fuel consumption. Use the gears well, remember that first gear works as a procedure between the stationary and moving vehicle, so use it as little as possible.
Windows and air conditioning: At low speeds, for example, in the city, it is advisable to keep the windows open if you want to cool off, but on the road it is better to keep them closed and with the air conditioning on. Air resistance will be lower, and we will use less fuel.
The correct balance of tyres and steering improves driving safety and prolongs their useful life.
In areas with deteriorated road surfaces, drive at a moderate speed, thus preventing damage to the tyres.
Overloading the vehicle leads to further deterioration of the tyres and increases fuel consumption.
Avoid hitting kerbs, stones, potholes, sharp objects, etc.
By swapping tyres between 10,000 or 15,000 km, you increase their useful life, increase your safety, and pollute less.