Driver Tips: Getting the most out of your Dynamo.
Driving tips from the pro’s.
1. Precondition the Car: Use Less Heat and AC While Driving
Using the air conditioning and the heater will decrease your battery charge. While it’s fine to make a few sacrifices in order to be “green” we don’t think shivering your way throughout your working day is one of them. The best drivers tip here to combat this issue is to precondition your taxi while it’s still charging i.e. either Pre-Heat or Pre-Cool. It takes the most amount of energy to initially cool or warm your taxi, so do this while it’s still plugged in; once achieved, maintaining a comfortable temperature takes a lot less energy.
2. Heated Seats/Steering Wheel: Less Reliance on Battery-Draining Heater
There’s nothing like a toasty seat and steering wheel to warm you to the core. Not only is a heated seat and steering wheel pure bliss on a cold day but it will extend the range of your taxi since you’ll have less need for the heaters.
3. Use the Speed Limiter instead of Cruise Control: Saves Battery
Using the speed limiter can save on battery drain, a constant driving speed is highly correlated with higher fuel efficiency. On hilly roads (Inclines) cruise control will use more energy.
When your own foot is on the accelerator, you would naturally ease up as you come to the top of a hill, knowing that gravity will start helping you on the way down. Cruise control can’t anticipate the top of a hill like you can, and keeps the accelerator on for longer than necessary to maintain speed. Only use cruise control on relatively flat roads for best fuel economy.
4. Tyre Pressure: Proper Inflation Helps Fuel Economy
Under-inflated tyres have been proven to decrease fuel economy; every 1 psi drop in pressure translates into a 0.4% drop in mileage. Know the recommended psi for your taxis tyres and check them regularly.
5. Drive Style: Slow and Steady Gets You There
Like it or not, driving in a more controlled manner more than a testosterone-fueled 20-year old saves lots of energy. Accelerating slowly away from traffic lights, cornering gently and lifting of the accelerator early and allowing the regenerative braking to slow you down will all increase the range in your taxi, this is more common scene than a driver tip.