In the Car
I have been driving for ten years, and in the last two years I got so busy that I could not drive that much. So I was thinking of hiring a driver. After doing my research, I decided not to. I know that I am responsible for my own actions, but how will I know that the driver I have deal with the car as I do?
I also carpool with my sister, because we work in the same company and our kids share the same hobby, which is horse riding. Combining short trips with the kids is a lot of fun, and now we do it as much as we can. Plus, it’s easier to collect the kids into one trip rather than making multiple short trips in two different cars.
The way I drive significantly affects the amount of fuel that my car uses. Beginning with changing my driving habits to drive in a more fuel-efficient manner, therefore, will not only save my money, it will help me to reduce greenhouse gases and other harmful gases.
Techniques such as driving the speed-limit and avoiding sudden accelerations can make a car 30 percent more fuel-efficient. I was never considered a fuel-efficient driver, but now I am proud to say that I am.
Here’s a guide of what I have been learning and doing to make my footprint smaller.
– Avoiding aggressive driving. I have never thought of this: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and simply read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking. And know that hard braking and accelerating can increase fuel consumption; therefore, accelerating and braking slowly and smoothly will help reduce your fuel costs. Plus, it’s always a good idea to maintain steady speed.
– Don’t leave your car running. Leaving it will use up your fuel. Unless you’re in traffic, turn the engine off to save fuel. In the summer, most drivers here leave cars running to keep them cool, as it gets really hot.
– Getting your car serviced regularly. You need to bring your car for a regular car servicing and I really want to thank my husband for doing this, not only for me, but also for the rest of his family. He is always on time to remind us regarding this matter. Under-inflated tires, dirty air filters and dirty engine oil can all increase the amount of fuel your car consumes.
Practicing these driving techniques will not only help reduce the amount of fuel my car uses, but will have a positive impact on the environment. So change your driving style and technique today and save money at the pump, and help to save the environment.
This is very difficult considering our weather, which has already started to be hot this week. Air conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it’s a hot day, it’s more economical to open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving.
In the Air
I used to shop through Internet websites from the USA for my kids or gifts, at least 10 to 15 times a year. However, I discovered that it was not a good habit to do so. Especially when I noticed the amount of orders I made in the last three years: about 31 orders. When purchasing items, I would have to pay for shipment, which means consumption of airplane petrol cross oceans which is worse than the short distance that I would take within my city. When I checked the flight route to bring me my order shipment, I found out that the plane makes several stops to refuel in order to get my items. This was extremely shocking to me, and moved me to reduce my online shopping orders. As an example, here’s the travel history of just one shipment to me: FedEx shipment travel activity
Basically, I felt like I was the one who made all these flights.
Better Public Transit in the Future?
We all decided to go on the bus, we didn’t manage to get the right bus stop, and we walked a long way for nothing. We are not used to walking that much, and the weather was hot. With me wearing black, you can imagine how much solar energy I got on that day. When we got to the stop, we found that it’s a taxi stop, so we took a taxi, then he took us to a bus to reach our destination. It was a lot of fun for me and the kids, and Ali was happy to know that our bus helps limit air pollution. The funny part was the people staring at us, because it’s unusual to see an Emirate family in a bus. The kids gave me an order of taking the bus every weekend to the mall, whenever we go.
I lived for a while in London and used the public transit there, and I have to say that they are really doing a great job. I am sure with time we will soon have the same thing in UAE, it only needs to be more organized. The bus system in our country is new, but the best thing about it is that the vehicles are high-tech and low-emissions. The family enjoyed our first ride on the bus, and can’t wait to use the train in Dubai.