One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the environment is to drive a little greener; after all, if you are like most people you probably spend some time in your vehicle every single day. Here we will look at some of the simplest, cheapest, and most effective ways to up your eco-friendly driving game this year.
Forget the AC
As fantastic as it can be to crank up the AC on a hot summer’s day, all that cool, frosty air doesn’t come free, rather, it requires a significant amount of energy which means burning through a whole lot of fuel. For the sake of the environment (as well as your wallet) restrict your AC usage to when you absolutely need it.
Empty it out
The more weight you have in your vehicle the more fuel it will need to burn, which means that carrying heavy and unnecessary items around with you is not only wasting money, but also negatively impacting the environment. For best results, remove and store everything except those items you will want and need to use each day.
Go smooth and steady
Speeding up and slowing down a little more gradually will dramatically reduce your impact on the environment; for starters, it will mean that your ride burns through less fuel and therefore creates fewer harmful emissions. It will also mean less wear and tear on your vehicle, ensuring that everything from those brake pads to your engine oil lasts as long as possible.
Keep up the pressure
Find out what the recommended pressure levels are for each of your tires (by consulting your Vehicle Owner’s Manual) and get into the habit of checking them every time you fuel up. Keeping your tires properly inflated won’t just make it safer and easier to control your vehicle; it will reduce drag and as a result improve your fuel efficiency.
Change the filter
Your vehicle’s air filter plays a crucial role in your ride’s ability to run at its best by keeping dust, dirt, and other contaminants from entering the engine; however, even the highest quality air filter can only hold so much making it vital that you replace it regularly. Replacing your air filter every 8-10,000km will mean that your ride runs far more efficiently.
Top up the tank
Over time, crud and gunk tends to accumulate at the bottom of your vehicle’s fuel tank and when your ride runs low on fuel some of these impurities can get sucked up into your engine, undermining efficiency. As a general rule, try to keep your tank filled to at least the halfway mark, as this will make it easier for your ride to run as cleanly and efficiently as possible.
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