04
May
07

Driving Green!

Buying green is just the first step in reducing the environmental impacts of automobile use. Bio diesel and hybrids are and should be options when your purchasing a new car but what happens when you have a newish car and you cannot and or do not want to get a new car??? Yes, your choice of vehicle is most important, but how you drive and how well you maintain your car, will also make a difference. So if that sporty car or that boxy suv in your driveway isnt going anywhere soon follow these simple steps and reduce your impact on mother earth…

  • Avoid “jack rabbit” starts and aggressive driving. Flooring the gas pedal not only wastes gas, and as imagined it leads to drastically higher pollution rates. One second of high-powered driving can produce nearly the same volume of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.
  • Think ahead. Try to anticipate stops and let your vehicle coast down as much as possible. Avoid the increased pollution, wasted gas, and wear on your brakes created by accelerating hard and braking hard.
  • Follow the speed limit! Driving 75 mph instead of 65 mph will lower your fuel economy by about 10%, and can dramatically increase tailpipe pollution in many vehicles.
  • Combine trips. Warmed-up engines and catalysts generate much less air pollution, so combining several short trips into one can make a big difference.
  • Take a load off. Carrying around an extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy by about 1 percent. Take a few moments to unload your cargo area.
  • decreases the rpm and will decrease fuel use and engine wear.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires should be inflated to the pressure recommended for your vehicle; this information is often printed inside the door frame or in your owner’s manual. For every 3 pounds below recommended pressure, fuel economy goes down by about 1 percent. Underinflated tires can also detract from handling, safety, and how long the tires will last.
  • Change the oil. In addition to making your car or truck last longer, replacing the oil and oil filter regularly will also help fuel economy.
  • Use regular gasoline unless your owner’s manual says otherwise. Unless your car requires premium, high-octane fuels improve neither fuel economy nor performance and will just waste your money.
  • Park in the shade in summer to keep your car cool and minimize evaporation of fuel.

Try one tip a week or more if your up to it!

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