Bridgestone, Schumacher Promote FIA ‘Make Cars Green’ Programme
Michael Schumacher was present at an event at the RACV City Club in Melbourne today, helping Bridgestone show its support for the FIA’s ‘Make Cars Green’ programme, which aims to educate motorists about the measures they can take to ensure their driving is as ecologically conscious as possible. Schumacher used the Bridgestone media event to speak about some of the practical applications of Make Cars Green. “We are delighted to have had Michael with us in Melbourne today to help promote the Make Cars Green program,” said Andrew Moffatt, Bridgestone Australia senior executive director.
“Evidence of our global support of the Make Cars Green program can be seen on our Bridgestone Potenza Formula One tyres, every one of which has a bright green band to symbolise our support. Here in Australia, we recently launched Bridgestone Ecopia which utilises our low-rolling resistance tyre technology to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “This product has been an important milestone in our ongoing campaign to educate Australian motorists about the important role tyres play in the impact their vehicle has on the environment.”
The ten measures the programme suggests include: buy green; plan your journey; check tyre pressures frequently; reduce loads and avoid fitting roof racks; don’t warm up your engine before starting off; use air conditioning only when necessary; accelerate gently and keep your speed constant; use engine braking; don’t idle your engine; offset your CO2 emissions.
“Driving on tyres with air pressure at just 50kPA (0.5kg/cm² ) lower than it should be decreases fuel efficiency by two per cent in urban areas and four per cent in suburban driving,” Mr Moffatt said. “Additionally, a correctly inflated tyre increases the grip on the road and is therefore not only a greener but also a safer tyre.”