The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and we can’t help but feel inspired to do our part and help further protect our environment. Many people think that the only way to be eco-friendly on the road is to purchase an electric vehicle or hybrid and that’s not the case. We’ve gathered a list of ways to make your ride even greener. Turns out, making your gas-driven car sustainable is all about efficiency.
Regular maintenance routines are important
We know that completing a car’s routine maintenance is important to maximize the overall efficiency of a car and to ensure that its drivable for years to come. Regular upkeep includes keeping your tires properly inflated, using the right motor oil for your car, tuning your engine, and replacing your air filters. Taking care of your car makes it more eco-friendly by lowering its gas emissions and helps you burn less gas in general. This will ultimately reduce your carbon footprint and the money you spend on gas.
Make the most of your car trips
If you need to run errands or have to make multiple visits, don’t take a bunch of short trips to accomplish your tasks. Instead, plan ahead and try to get everything done in one long trip. Also, if you have more than one car, take the one that has the best gas mileage.
Chill with the aggressive driving
Now, you already know aggressive driving is wrong and can be marked as a traffic offense. Road rage is even more dangerous and is subsequently counted as a criminal offense. Not only is this type of behavior dangerous, but it also can decrease your gas mileage by up to 40 percent. Likewise, excessive speeding costs you more money at the gas station. Car idling can also be damaging to the environment especially if you drive a larger vehicle. No matter how angry another driver makes you keep safety in mind first and don’t react to nonsense on the road. This will help save lives and avoid wasting gas and money.
Consider using cruise control
If you’re taking a longer trip on the open road or highway, it might be a good idea to set your car to cruise control. This helps to save gas and maintain your car’s speed. Once again, safety is extremely important here too. Be aware of your surroundings and the current traffic conditions before using cruise control since its ideal to use during light traffic. Cruise control is also best for ideal weather so don’t use it slippery roads or during storms.
Take out excess weight from your car
Added cargo space in your car is a great perk but don’t tug along extra weight in your car if you can help it. That trunk full of random house items and intended donations to Goodwill can make your car work harder than it needs to while you’re driving. Cleaning out the backseat of your car will help you travel lighter too.
Prioritize fuel efficiency in your next car
You don’t have to buy an electric vehicle or hybrid to obtain a more fuel-efficient car. If eco-friendliness is a priority for you, avoid gas-guzzling trucks and vans and opt for vehicles that get at least 30 mpg. Also, remember to avoid topping your car off at the gas station so there are no spills.