Whether your car is old or new, built to be green or not, we can all make our vehicles and our driving habits a little more eco-friendly. If you’re trying to minimize your footprint, these are a few things you can do without giving up your car or shelling out for a new hybrid or electric version.
Stay on top of regular maintenance.
The more well-maintained your car is, the better it will run. The better it runs, the more efficiently it uses fuel and minimizes the pollution it emits. It’ll also help your car last longer! So, what kinds of maintenance are we talking about?
● Replace your air filters regularly,
● Change your oil regularly,
● Make repairs quickly when things go wrong,
● Don’t ignore dashboard warning lights,
● Check your tire pressure regularly
● Check your spark plugs, and
● Attend your regular check-ups!
Drive better to maximize fuel efficiency.
Believe it or not, with any car, the way you drive can affect your fuel economy and how eco-friendly your car is. It may seem like being green is more expensive, but in this case it’s saving you a lot of money at the gas pump! These are some better driving tips for being green.
● Follow the speed limit,
● Don’t accelerate or brake quickly,
● When you can, use cruise control,
● Park in the shade so your car doesn’t get too hot in the sun,
● Use your air conditioning only when necessary, and
● Drive with the windows down only at speeds under 40 mph.
Make better choices when it comes to using your vehicle.
There are a lot of things you can do to use your car better, making it more efficient.
● Consolidate your errands into fewer trips, grouping similar errands together
● Don’t store things in your car; the more weight you add the more fuel it requires to move
● When you fill your gas tank, stop when the nozzle turns off the first time
Ask your mechanic the right questions.
Your mechanic might have some tips that are specific to your location, your vehicle, and your driving history. Don’t be afraid to ask!
● What can I do with my car to help the environment?
● Where can I take used materials like oil and other fluids for safe recycling?
● Is there material in my car that isn’t environmentally friendly that could be replaced with one that is?