Environmentally friendly commuting: carpooling and ecodriving

Every day, hundreds of thousands of employees commute to work. Besides taking public transport, there are other forms of the environmentally friendly commuting.

Ecodriving: less fuel, less CO2

Ecodriving is a new way of driving your car: you use less diesel or petrol, and that instantly lowers your car’s CO2-emissions. You drive more defensively, and that’s also a plus for traffic safety.

But how do you do it? Here are the five major ecodriving tips:

  • Do you need to drive at a constant speed (e.g., on the motorway)? Then drive in the highest gear as possible, so that your car is running at the lowest possible number of RPMs. If you use cruise control, your car will consume even less.
  • Brake by using the motor and take your foot off the gas on time when you’re approaching traffic lights.
  • Avoid excess weight: it’s best to remove bicycle racks, ski boxes and trailers right away if you don’t need them.
  • Use dashboard equipment sensibly: only use air-conditioning, GPS or other battery powered devices as necessary.
  • Maintain good tyre pressure: you burn a lot more fuel when your tyres are not pumped up enough. Check the pressure each month.

Carpooling: in the car with coworkers

Does one of your coworkers live in your neighbourhood, and do you have the same working hours? Then it’s a little bit silly to both be stuck in the same traffic jam in separate cars, isn’t it? Carpooling is the solution for people who can’t use public transport to get to work, but still want to contribute to a better environment.

Five tips for anyone who wants to get started with carpooling:

  • Make clear agreements The most important tip: make clear agreements with everyone you’re going to be sharing a car with. How loud can the radio be played and on which station? Is it okay to eat breakfast in the car? What if someone is sick? Put all the agreements on paper so that there can’t be any chance of argument.
  • Be punctual Agreed is agreed. Carpoolers are people who are on their way to their jobs, so respect the agreed-upon schedule.
  • Carpooling is not an errand service Agree on a fixed route and don’t deviate from it. Don’t use carpooling to make a quick stop to run an errand or to bring the children to dance class. A carpool driver is not a taxi driver.
  • Pay correctly Decide together with all of the carpoolers how the cost should be divided and pay your share on time.
  • Drive responsibly

Drive carefully, keep your car clean and in good condition. As driver, you are also responsible for your co-carpoolers. Excessive speed, drinking and driving and reckless behaviour are out of the question.