Everyone knows that cars cause a lot of pollution and with gas getting more expensive, adding some ìgreenî to your driving can help keep the green in your wallet as well as benefit the environment. Here are some tips for greener driving that you can easily implement into your daily life:
1. Drive A Gas Efficient Vehicle ñ it stands to reason that the more efficient your car is on gas, the less emissions and the less you have to pay at the pump. Today, there are many options in hybrid vehicles so if you are in the market for a new car, make the gas efficiency one of your main concerns.
2. Tire Pressure ñ make sure your tires are neither overinflated or underinflated as both of these can affect your fuel efficiency. Make sure to check the tire pressure regularly and adjust as needed.
3. Car Maintenance ñ needless to say, if your car is not maintained properly, it will not be running at peak performance. Be sure to have the oil changed as recommended as well as the other suggested maintenance. Making sure your engine is running efficiently can improve your gas mileage up to 40%. It might cost a bit to have these things done, but you will save money with better fuel efficiency and a longer lasting car.
4. Air Conditioning ñ You want to use your AC sparingly, but itís actually more efficient to use air conditioning than it is to roll the windows down. So, if you must cool off, be sure to set the AC on low and turn it off when the car is cooled ñ make sure you have the windows tightly rolled up so none of that cool air can get out.
5. Heated Seats ñ heated seats use a lot of energy so the next time you want your tushy all warm and comfy, think about the impact to your gas bill and the environment.
6. Drive Consistently ñ try to drive at a consistent speed, or better yet, use the cruise control. Keeping your speed consistent will improve your gas mileage and lessen your CO2 impact. Also, try to keep it under 60 MPH as anything over that really decreases your gas mileage.
7. Commute ñ Consider commuting with co-workers or, if your company allows it, working from home. Even if you do these just a couple of days a week, you will be doing a lot to lower carbon emissions and youíll be saving a bundle on gas too!
Keeping your car in good condition and being aware of some of these fuel efficiency tips isnít that difficult and it makes good sense especially when it comes to the longevity of your car. Your efforts will be rewarded with a fuller wallet and a healthier environment!