As each year passes, more people are becoming interested in living lightly to save the Earth. With climate change being such a hot topic, it seems as if everyone is “going green” these days. One of the best areas to begin a “green transformation” would be the car, as cars release a lot of harmful emissions into our Earth’s atmosphere that has been proven to damage the Earth.
We will touch the following 5 quick tips that will keep your car as eco-friendly as possible:
- Maintain Properly Inflated Tires
- Remove Extra Weight
- Drive Smoothly
- Turn off the Air Conditioning
- Tune up Your Car
1. Maintain Properly Inflated Tires
Having deflated tires, even at the slightest bit can directly affect your cars performance and gas mileage efficacy. Under-inflation can put unnecessary strain on your tires causing friction which will eventually lead to a rupture.
The U.S. average price of a new tire is anywhere from $80-$150 per tire, depending on the quality of tire you choose. Tires on the high-end can cost up to $300 dollars.
On the other hand, under-inflated tires can decrease your fuel economy by 0.2% for every drop in PSI (pound per square inch), increasing additional fuel waste over a year time which exponentially adds up to a staggering amount over your lifetime.
Purchase a tire pressure gauge at your local auto supply store and check your tire pressure weekly. Standard recommended PSI inflation ranges from 30-34 PSI depending on your make and model. Check with your vehicle’s manual to confirm which PSI is appropriate for your tires.
2. Remove Extra Weight
Each additional 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by about 1%. It’s important not to use your trunk space as a storage unit and only keep the essentials in there such as jumper cables, road flairs, spare tire, jack, tire iron and any emergency/first aid kits. Comparable to excess weight, adding cargo roof accessories can significantly decrease the fuel consumption efficiency by increasing aerodynamic drag and overall weight to a vehicle. The potential reduction in fuel economy in city areas are between 2% – 8% and from 6% – 25% depending on your highway speed.
3. Drive Smoothly
The way we drive directly affects how much gas we burn, especially off the highway. Be delicate with the pedal and the brake and don’t drive aggressively.
Driving faster than speed limits can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic.
4. Turn off the Air Conditioning
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5. Tune up Your Car
As a car gets into its later years, the importance of getting a tune-up is enormous. Cars in need of tune-ups will sputter, choke, and guzzle more fuel than necessary.
Not all tune-ups are the same, but the most common types of tune-ups are:\
- Replacing spark plugs
- Testing the compression of each cylinder
- Replace distributor caps
- Replacing filters
- Replacing belts
- Replacing hoses
- Replacing fluids
By keeping up on your car’s annual tune-ups, you will be able to ensure that your vehicle is operating as efficiently as possible with the latest fixes and upgrades.
In addition, it’s important to ensure your lights are on only when they’re needed. Some vehicles may have daytime running lights enabled, which are dim lights that are enabled during the daytime. You should disable these lights unless it’s absolutely necessary for your vision to have them enabled.