Patriotic flags increase carbon dioxide emissions
Now that the World Cup has started, just about one car in three on South African roads (including ours) is sporting a national flag, sometimes two or more, and sometimes representing more than one country. However these also have certain drawbacks — hat-tip to Big Blue Meanie for Bongo Bongoland
Patriotic drivers showing their support for England with window flags during the World Cup will pay more in fuel costs, an academic has claimed.
An average car with two flags attached burns an extra litre of fuel per hour at an average of 70mph, said Manchester University’s Dr Antonio Filippone.
He also calculated that 500,000 drivers all doing the same will create 2.8m kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
The extra fuel consumption is caused by the flags creating drag.