13 ways to Green Your Car driving
Bad news: your car is among the top contributors of your environmental footprint. Good news: little changes in your driving habits and in the maintenance of your car can have a profound impact.
Keeping your tires properly inflated will ensure maximum fuel economy and reduce wear. Tires lose air pressure at the rate of about one psi/month, and underinflation of just six psi can reduce fuel efficiency by three percent.
Save fuel, reduce emissions, and lower your stress level. On the highway, cutting your speed by just five mph can make a big difference in fuel economy; in town, “going with the flow” can reduce emissions and save on wear and tear.
Keeping on top of routine automotive upkeep—checking and replacing air filters, changing the oil, tuning the engine, etc.—may not be an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon but makes for a more efficient, earth-friendly Sunday afternoon drive.
The ski rack on your roof and the junk in your trunk adds wind resistance and weight to your car and, in turn, decreases fuel efficiency.
Gratuitous idling is a waste of gas and a grimy culprit that contributes to global-warming causing CO2 emissions—although it may be torturous for some, avoid fast food drive-through windows.
Although a driveway hose-down using an eco-friendly method is copacetic, taking your car to a professional car wash is even better—they use half the water as a home wash and often recycle and reuse the sudsy wastewater.
Your car's spent unsavories—motor oil, battery acid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, to name a few—can wreak havoc on the environment if not disposed of safely.
In the US alone, automobile air conditioners consume 7 billion tons of gas each year; roll down those windows and reserve the AC for only the toastiest of days.
An at-home car wash can leave your car sparkling but sully the environment; practicing water conservation and using old T-shirts as rags are just two sudsy, sustainable suggestions.
If your home or ride are smelling ripe, don't spray mango delight or hang a paper tree scented like pine forests; numerous, nontoxic air deodorizers mask odors without posing environmental risk.
Customarily considered more greasy than green, auto body repair and collision shops are now integrating environmentally sound practices into their day-to-day operations.
A green roadside assistance club—a vital facet of car culture that offers everything from lodging discounts to a tow when you’re stranded—provides eco-minded auto assistance.
The purchase of carbon "offset units" is an act of eco-aware consumerism, allowing you to hit the road while maintaining a carbon-neutral lifestyle.