Our cars are guilty as sin when it comes to pollution. The carbon skid is huge with vehicles, it is however a necessary evil for us to get around. There are ways to make your car friendlier to the environment and in turn to do your share to save the ozone layer. Click here to read more about the damage our cars do to the environment and why. The more obvious ways to do this is of course riding a bicycle, using public transport or walking but what if your work is too far away for a simple cycle trip or walk? Your vehicle can do less damage by taking a few simple steps and precautions.
Tune it up
Keep your vehicle properly tuned for optimum performance. A car that runs smoothly without any exhaust emissions does less damage and will also give you a better ride including peace of mind. What is worse than having car trouble in heavy traffic?
Drive better to be more economical
Your driving has a huge effect on your fuel economy. By avoiding starting and stopping regularly and sticking to the speed limits you will make a big difference with your car’s fuel consumption. Once again you do less damage to the environment simply by abiding by traffic rules.
Get rid of the heavy load
Many people cart a lot of unnecessary weight around in their cars. Clear the clutter out of your trunk and car to lighten the load and ensure that your car doesn’t have to work so hard to move. A heavier load makes your car use more gas than necessary. Only keep emergency items in your vehicle.
Check your tires
By driving your vehicle with tires that aren’t pumped according to the right pressure specifications you are using more gas than usual. Check the tires regularly to avoid this. Click here for tips to take better care of your tires.
Leave early to avoid traffic
By doing your morning men’s grooming rituals a little earlier you can leave home earlier. Just by doing this you will avoid peak hour and also hateful and frustrating traffic jams. As mentioned above stay away from any start and stop scenarios. This is a very effective method to save time and also keep your vehicle at a steady speed.
Maintain your vehicle’s cooling system
A thermostat that is too cold will cause your engine to run while colder than it should be. Maintain the cooling system to avoid incorrect gas usage. Perhaps get hold of some new radiator caps to help keep the temperature up.
Get rid of dirty air-filters
This is most probably one of the most important things you can do to keep your car at optimum performance and also make it a bit more environmentally friendly. Check and replace dirty filters as often as needed because dirty air filters causes your engine to lose power which in turn means your car needs to use more gas to perform.