1 million reasons to join the 1 Million Women DRIVE program

NRMA Motoring and Services President, Wendy Machin

What are your tips for driving greener?

As a mother of three children it’s fair to say that the decisions I make impact the whole family. Whether it’s the food we eat, the holidays we take or the car I drive, it’s important to me that my family is well looked after.

One of the most important decisions I can make is to be an example to my kids on how to live sustainably so my children can enjoy our planet for many years to come.

Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly aware of the need to reduce the impact my family has on the environment. These days we own a hybrid and diesel car and when I can, I’ll choose to ride my motorbike to save fuel and money.  Other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint include taking the bus to work or car-pooling with friends.

That’s why this month I’ve decided to get onboard with the 1 Million Women program. The program created for women by women is designed to make us more conscious about our every day decisions and the carbon footprint we leave behind.

This month is all about driving and as someone who spends a lot of time on the road, I’ve decided to take on the challenge to learn how to reduce my carbon footprint and live more sustainably. As part of my challenge I will be looking to reduce my fuel consumption by the end of the year.

To make this journey it’s going to mean that my behaviour must change. I’ve got to learn and practise ways of living more sustainably. It’s all about doing things differently.

Over the next four weeks I’m going to provide readers with as many tips as possible on ways that they can save and get involved with the program. On the NRMA Facebook page you can see my tips on how you can drive smarter, leaner, less and greener.

If you’re keen to get involved but don’t know where to start head to www.1millionwomen.com.au for more information and our greener driving tips page to cut waste and save.

What are your tips for driving greener?

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About Wendy @ NRMA

Wendy Machin was recently re-elected as the President of NRMA Motoring & Services on 12 December 2011. Having been appointed to the Board on 30 March 2005, Wendy was first elected as President on 10 December 2008. This is her second term as President. She is Chair of the Governance, Compensation & Nomination Committee, an ex-officio member of the Finance & Investments Committee, the Audit, Risk Management & Compliance Committee and the Policy & Advocacy Committee. She is also a Director on the Board of the Australian Automobile Association & Destination NSW. Wendy also owns and maintains a beef cattle property near Wingham, NSW.

3 thoughts on “1 million reasons to join the 1 Million Women DRIVE program

  1. Hi,

    My tips for greener driving is easy on the throttle and easy on the brake. If you see a red light ahead, ease off the throttle and brake lightly. This will often allow time for the lights to change to green and you can continue without coming to a full stop. When accelerating, no need to plant the foot the the floor on the accelerator as there are plenty of intersections and traffic lights ahead to practice this technique again.

    Other tips if possible are to not take short trips, try using public transport (it is cheaper than taking the car if you do not have a load to carry) or look at purchasing a scooter or small motorcycle for the short local trips. The saving in fuel will pay you back in less than a few years.

    Green ideas for a cleaner planet.


  2. Drive a bit faster and use a higher gear. Speed up on the flat before a hill, let the cars momentum carry you up the hill. Try and keep engine revs in the tourque zone, especially in high gear on freeways or country roads.

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