Another of our recommendations has to do with keeping your vehicle cool. Don't put down the windows when driving: you will reduce your car's aerodynamics and consume more fuel. This is worthwhile only if you're driving slowly. Also, keep your car at a pleasant temperature (between 22 and 24º C), since excessive heat distracts drivers.
Remember that maintaining your car is key to being able to put into practice all these tips, from the wheels to the windshield. If it is time to change your vehicle, consider models that consume and pollute less.
Here, the electric car option has its own specific driving efficiency tips. For example, it accelerates much faster than a fuel combustion car, so you have to moderate your acceleration. The management of the braking system also influences electric vehicles' driving efficiency, since the system has an energy recovery procedure. Braking charges the battery, so the engine acts as a generator when you slow down. Brake smoothly and over a longer period of time.
The location of the batteries in these cars also means they have a lower centre of gravity, which gives them stability on driving. This should be kept in mind when going around bends, for example.
Another point to take into account is planning your route, since these vehicles have a range of around 200 kilometres. You'll have to plan stops calculating distances and taking into account recharging points. And don't forget charging times, which vary if you charge at a public charging point or if you charge it at home. Remember that air conditioning consumes a lot of energy in electric cars, so if you are going to use it on your trip, keep this in mind when scheduling your charges.
Finally, there is the health of the driver themselves: make sure that you are in good health, well rested, that you have your eyes and hearing checked regularly, and keep your glasses or contact lenses, if you wear them, in good condition. Although you have to stop and rest every two hours or before that if you need to, don't forget that you have to be in a good state of mind on the road, because nerves, haste, and stress are never good co-pilots on a trip.
Our last but not least important tip is to make sure that your driving has your full attention and you are constantly alert, forgetting about any distractions such as mobile phones. Leave it somewhere where it will not distract you and if your vehicle has a hands free option, always use it. If you have to use a GPS, configure it before leaving or at a service station if you have to change anything in your route.
Never take your eyes off the road and remember that your safety and that of your companions always comes first.
Following these basic tips while driving will help you improve your efficiency and safety behind the wheel and at the same time help protect the environment.
Only when you are 100% committed can you be the most efficient driver you can be.