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Thursday, 12 October 2017

7 Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

With greater awareness about the environmental issues that our planet faces, more and more people today want to ‘go green.’ From planting more trees to reducing water and electrical consumption, we can play our part in saving the environment in a number of ways. Some people invest in greener cars which run on electrical power—either entirely or as a hybrid—to cut down their carbon emissions and fossil fuel based gas usage. New vehicles have innovative engines that ensure improved mileage which does make them more environment-friendly compared to old cars. But not everyone can afford to buy a new car, so what is it that you can do instead?

The idea of eco-friendliness doesn’t necessarily always go hand in hand with automobiles, but by making simple changes to the way you drive and the way you maintain your vehicles, you can at least reduce your contribution of greenhouse gasses to our planet. Here are seven simple tricks that can help you reduce the environmental damage done by your car.

Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly i
  1. Proper car maintenance:
    Servicing and tuning up your car will ensure that it runs smoothly. This practice can also boost your mileage by up to 4 percent. Remember, a car that is well-maintained releases less toxic gases and uses less fuel.

  2. Get eco-friendly tires:
    There are tires which are more eco-friendly than others you find generally. These pack qualities like improved rolling resistance which improves mileage and reduces emissions. Similarly, less tire weight helps conserve precious natural resources. Another thing that you can do is buy tires made from environmentally safer materials like recycled materials and nonaromatic oil products.  Just replacing conventional tires with ones with low-rolling-resistance can give you up to 6% improved mileage.

  3. Fill up under-inflated tires:
    Not all of us can just go and replace our tires which are in perfect condition and are working. Instead, what we can do is to make sure that our tires are always properly inflated, not just for our safety but also to improve gas mileage. You can either do this yourself or ask your mechanic to fix it for you, especially if you aren’t entirely sure about the procedure. It’s recommended that the tire pressure is checked at the very least once every month because an underinflated tire will perform more poorly than one that is properly inflated. When your car tires are faulty, the engine has to work harder to get them all moving which means that your vehicle will consume up to 3% more fuel.1

    Proper inflation as you can guess will also make your tires last longer. This means you won’t have to change them as often. Now that we are talking about car safety, it’s never a good decision to buy cheap tires for your vehicle – even if they are just slightly worn out.


  4. Don’t weigh your vehicle down:
    Just because your car is spacious doesn’t mean you should store extra stuff in your vehicle’s trunk. The idea behind this is simple; the heavier your car is, the more gas it will consume. So remove all things that are unnecessary like extra luggage tucked away in the trunk. Simply put, make your ride as light as possible.

    Remember that adding weight to your car will only increase your fuel costs. Old groceries, sleeping bags, ‘ancient’ gym and sports accessories shouldn’t live in your vehicle. Instead, they should be present only when you are transporting them. The only important things in your car are your emergency kit, reusable bags, and your passengers. Storing 100 pounds of goods in your vehicles’ rear can increase your fuel consumption by 2%.

  5. No idle mode:
    If you intend to park your car for more than 60 seconds, turn it off. That’s right. Keeping the engine running will only waste fuel and pollute the environment for no reason.

  6. Don’t accelerate rapidly:
    Refrain from pumping up the gas when you accelerate. Rather, it’s better to accelerate to high speeds steadily to reduce fuel consumption. Make sure you start slow when turning the engine on for the first time. Slamming your gas pedal right into the floor as the signal goes green is a sure way to waste gas.
    When your car goes over 65 mph, much of the gas you use is for fighting wind resistance. Hence, it’s best to keep your speedometer in the 60-65 margin when you’re on the highway to make the most of your mileage. Not to forget, you are doing Mother Earth a huge favor.

  7. Cut down on the AC:  
    Your air conditioner is a sneaky vampire so always try to avoid it. Park your vehicle in the shade and buy shades so that your car doesn’t heat up much.

    When traveling under 40 MPH, press down on that window button instead of shooting up the AC; at speeds faster than 45 MPH, turn on the AC on for a few minutes and then shift to the fan mode as your car interior will be at a comfortable temperature. This is because that when driving on the freeway rolled down windows can create more resistance in a fast moving car and that will make your car use more gas.
Lastly, a couple of other hacks deserve to be mentioned on this list, including changing to a synthetic motor oil because it will enable your vehicle to be more fuel efficient and is more durable than pure petroleum-based oil. Lastly, you should use environment-friendly car-care products like waterless car wash mixes and cleaners that use biologically derived natural fruit and plant ingredients.

James Smith is a passionate blogger and an avid luxury car lover currently associated with  Alfa Romeo Central Florida, dealers of luxury cars in Orlando Central Florida.Follow him on twitter @jamessmith1609  Titter - @jamessmith1609 

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