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Green my Ride: Tips for a more environmentally friendly car

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need buy to a brand-new hybrid to make a green impact out on the open road. There are many things you can do with your car and driving habits to be as green as a traffic light:

Take care of your car

You should be doing this whether you are environmentally conscious or not. By keeping your car in tune, you make sure that it is producing as few emissions as possible while getting its maximum miles per gallon of gasoline (MPG). Be sure to pay special attention to tire pressure, oil quality, and wear-and-tear on engine parts. For some extra efficiency, clean out your car to reduce the amount of weight it has to carry around. Less weight means less gas burnt to make the car move.

Upgrade

This would be the next step to keeping your ride tuned up. Some inexpensive and simple upgrades such as a high-top air filter or nitrogen filled tires can increase your car’s performance, emissions, and MPG. Be sure to consult your trusted mechanic to learn what upgrades would best suit the make and model of your vehicle.

Change your driving habits

There are many small things you can do while driving that prolong the life of your car, reduce emissions, and help the planet. For starters, avoid sudden starts and stops. These waste gasoline and put undue strain on your engine. The same goes for idling; if you are going to be parked for longer than a minute, switch your car off. You should also avoid speeding. Aside from obvious safety reasons, most cars begin to lose efficiency when driving faster than 60 MPH.  

Don’t drive so much

Of course, not driving at all produces the least emissions and is best for the planet. Start a car pool at work or look into public transit a few times a week to cut your emissions. And remember: when you’re on the road, stay green and stay safe!