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Tips on driving sustainably

By following the tips in this section, you can use less fuel and reduce the amount of emissions (CO2 and other pollutants) your vehicle produces.

Drive to save fuel and reduce emissions

Driving efficiently can reduce the amount of fuel your vehicle uses and the pollution it emits. You should:

  • drive smoothly, avoiding fast acceleration and sharp braking
  • avoid over-revving by changing up gears
  • reduce short trips (you use 20 percent more fuel when your engine is cold)
  • don’t leave your vehicle idling for long periods
  • avoid carrying unnecessary loads.

Keep your vehicle maintained

Basic maintenance will cut down the fuel your vehicle uses as well as reducing pollutants produced. Make sure your vehicle is well-tuned and the tyres are correctly inflated.

Roof racks and poorly placed spoilers increase air resistance and fuel consumption.

When buying a vehicle

Try to choose a model that uses less fuel and emits fewer greenhouse gases. Visit www.rightcar.govt.nz for more information.

Consider other ways to travel

Think about sharing rides/car pooling, taking public transport, walking or cycling.


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