New Zealand is a small, South Pacific country with an international reputation for being clean, green and pure. Much of this is due to our geographical isolation – we’re uncrowded and untouched by the levels of development (and its associated environmental impact) compared to the rest of the world.

This strength is also a weakness however, as even small acts can have big consequences on our ecosystem. We encourage all our customers to think on how their actions, so they can come back years from now and find the environment still as pure and untouched as when they first arrived.

Some good tips to consider when driving:

Reduce unnecessary excess weight in your vehicle

Each extra 50kg of weight can tack on an extra 2% to your fuel bill. Is it therefore really appropriate to take your golf clubs on a day trip to the beach? Have a think about what you need before you hop in the car.

Drive smoothly

If there’s anything Hollywood has taught us it’s that cool people drive smoothly. Do you? Be sure to drive without using full throttle or excessive revs.

Also, avoid unnecessary acceleration and frequent repetitive braking by following at a good distance the car in front of you. This will help you to anticipate and travel with the traffic flow – and it can save you up to 20% in fuel. So it’s good for the environment and your wallet.

Keep within the speed limit

It’s a simple approach that can have big consequences. Reducing your speed from 110km/hr to 90km/hr will cut back on approximately 25% in fuel consumption. Yes, it’s really that effective.

Select the right gear for the conditions

The engine of your rental car runs most efficiently between around 1,500 and 2,500 rpm (although this is lower in diesel models). It therefore pays to change up through gears as soon as practical to maintain these low revs. Automatic transmissions will shift up more readily if you ease off the accelerator once the car gathers momentum. This driving method also makes the trip that much smoother and enjoyable.

Use your air conditioning wisely

An air conditioners can use up to 10% extra fuel when in operation. So why not use all-natural air-conditioning, let the outdoors in and simply wind down the windows? But if you are travelling over 80km/hr it’s actually more effective to have the air conditioning on rather than opening a window (the extra aerodynamic drag at this speed makes the car have to work harder to travel).

Try not to leave your vehicle idling longer than 30 seconds

There are a lot of amazing sights throughout our country and sometimes, when you’re just stopping by for a photo, it’s easy to leave the rental car running longer than you should. Leaving the car going for longer than 30 seconds uses more fuel than simply switching off and restarting your vehicle, and the net increased wear and tear from restarting is negligible.