Car driving

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.

  1. Keep your tires properly inflated

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    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.

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  2. Slow down on the road

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    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.

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  3. Maintain your car

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    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.

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  4. Remove excess weight from your car

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    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.

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  5. Avoid car idling

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    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.

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  6. Use a commercial car wash

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    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.

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  7. Dispose of car waste properly

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    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.

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  8. Use your car’s air conditioner conservatively

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    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.

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  9. Give your car an eco-friendly wash

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    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.

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  10. Choose an eco-friendly air freshener

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    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.

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  11. Choose an eco-friendly auto body or collision repair shop

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    Customarily considered more greasy than green, auto body repair and collision shops are now integrating environmentally sound practices into their day-to-day operations.

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  12. Join a green roadside assistance club

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    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.

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  13. Buy carbon offsets

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    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.

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