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How to Keep Your Car as Eco-Friendly as Possible

By Kris Pedersen | May 2, 2018

Maintain properly inflated tires
Having deflated tires, even at the slightest bit can directly affect in your cars performance and gas mileage efficacy. Under-inflations can put unnecessary strain on your tires causing friction which will eventually lead to a rupture. An US average price of a new tire is anywhere from $80-$150 per tire depending on the quality of tire you choose. On the high end some tires 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. USA Today Reports, “A tire 25% below its recommended pressure is three times as likely to be involved in a crash”. So buy a tire pressure gauge at your local auto supply store for a few bucks and check you tire pressure weekly. Standard recommended psi inflation range from 30-34 psi depending on your make and model so everyone should check their owner’s manual before inflation.

Remove extra weight
Each additional 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by about 1% (fueleconomy.com). 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 efficacy by increasing aerodynamic drag and overall weight to a vehicle. Fueleconomy.com says the reduction in fuel economy in city areas are between 2% – 8% and from 6% – 25% depending on highway speed.

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. Fueleconomy.gov states “Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic.”

Air Conditioning
Air conditioning is a important function in our cars which can help people, especially the elderly avoiding complications from the scorching heat throughout the summer time. Although they add benefits to us, it also has harmful negative effects on the environment as well. Running the air conditioning requires a vehicle to produce more energy which results in burning more gas.

Tune ups
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. Tune ups include replacement of spark plugs, testing compression of each cylinder, inspect and replace distributor cap if needed, timing and idle setting (if applicable) and the usual replacement of filters, belts, hoses, and fluids.

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