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How to Make Your Car as Environmentally Sustainable as Possible

In an era where climate change is a pressing issue, reducing our carbon footprint is crucial. 

For many of us, our cars are indispensable; however, they are also a major source of personal greenhouse gas emissions. According to figures from the European Parliament, passenger cars account for more than 60% of all total CO2 emissions from EU road transport.

In this article, we’ve offered practical steps to help you make using your vehicle something that’s more eco-friendly, bringing benefits to both the planet and your pocket.

Improve your car’s eco-credentials in 5 areas

  1. Regular Maintenance and Servicing

Keeping your car in top condition is key to enhancing its efficiency and reducing emissions. 

Regular servicing should include oil changes, air filter replacements, and ensuring the fuel system is clean. If you’re unsure on basic maintenance checks to undertake at home, consult your owner’s manual for specific maintenance guidelines. A well-maintained car is not only better for the environment but also more economical.

  1. Tyre Management

Properly inflated tyres reduce rolling resistance, improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. 

For luxury cars like BMWs, using specifically designed BMW tyres can optimise performance and efficiency. Check your tyre pressure at least monthly and keep them inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended level, which is often written on a sticker in the driver’s side door jam. Investing in low rolling resistance tyres can further maximise efficiency.

  1. Driving Habits

Adopting a smoother driving style can significantly reduce your car’s fuel consumption and emissions. Before you set off, make plenty of time for your journey so you can put good habits into practice. To reduce fuel consumption, it’s recommended that you:

  • Avoid rapid acceleration and harsh braking 
  • Take corners carefully and slowly
  • Accelerate gently
  • Use cruise control on highways to maintain a steady speed

These habits not only lower fuel consumption but also contribute to a safer driving experience for you, your passengers, and other road users.

  1. Smart Use of Resources

Reduce dependence on your car’s resources to save fuel and lower emissions. 

It’s estimated that air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by up to 10%, so avoid using it for prolonged periods. Instead, park in the shade and keep windows slightly open when feasible. Remove unnecessary weight from your car and turn off the engine during prolonged stops to avoid the need for engine idling.

  1. Alternative Fuels and Technology

Consider alternative fuels and newer technologies to reduce your car’s environmental impact. 

Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids not only offer cleaner alternatives to petrol or diesel engines but could save you money if you expect to drive through Clean Air or Low Emission zones in cities. Make the time to research incentives available for green vehicles – and make sure you seriously consider these technologies to suit your driving needs.


Every motorist can contribute to a more sustainable future by implementing these strategies. 

From regular maintenance to choosing advanced vehicle technologies, simple habits are effective in reducing your environmental impact. Let’s get our vehicles ready and drive towards a cleaner, greener future together.