10 Tips to Make Your Car Eco-Friendly

Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2022

by Guest Blogger - John Adams


You might not own an electric car or be able to afford a Tesla, but that should not stop you from pursuing a green lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your current automobile runs on gas; you can stick to eco-friendly practices before you can buy a better one. How you take care of your car and how you drive it has a significant impact on its durability and mileage. Below are ten tips to make your car as ecofriendly as possible:


Eco-Friendly Car tips

1. Follow your maintenance schedule

Timely repairs and maintenance are integral to increasing the life of your vehicle and reducing its carbon footprint. Regular tuning and oil change are necessary to prevent harmful gas emissions and maintain fuel efficiency. If you notice a problem or error in any part of the car, visiting the mechanic and getting it fixed should be a priority.

2. Keep the tires inflated

Get the air pressure of your tires checked at least once per month. Tires that are properly inflated grant road safety and boost gas mileage; not to mention, most gas stations will adjust your tire pressure for free. If your tires need replacement, consider investing in eco-friendly tires that are made from environment-friendly materials and provide enhanced rolling resistance.

3. Regulate Speed

Bad driving habits and driving recklessly can instigate damage to the car and be problematic for the environment. Driving at very high speeds and aggressive braking weakens the engine, increases fuel consumption, and elevates the risk of auto accidents. If you get into a car crash, fixing the car and recovering from car accident injuries can be very costly.

4. Don’t wash the car at home

Many people think that they are saving a lot of time and money by washing their car at home, though that is not the case. Cleaning the car with an open hose and industrial detergents is wastage of water and a hazard to the earth’s water bodies. The water that runs off the vehicle is contaminated by gas residues, and it is eventually drained into nearby rivers and streams, which damages their ecosystem. Car service at the gas station utilizes less water and wastewater is directed towards a sewer where it is treated before release into waterways.

5. Avoid Engine Idling

Most of us keep the car’s engine running when in queue at the driveway of an eatery, or while waiting for someone in a parking space. We think this is convenient and do not realize how much fuel we are burning this way - seconds quickly turn to minutes!

6. Don’t top-up the tank

Many drivers have a habit to top off the tank with a little extra fuel after the pump has stopped. This practice allows harmful vapors to escape the canister and be released into the atmosphere. Gasoline is toxic and highly flammable, thus the discharge may harm you and the environment. Moreover fuel requires extra room in the tank to expand, so filling it to the brim shall damage the car’s vapor collection system.

7. Minimize usage of the car’s air conditioner

Car air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by 25% or more and take toll on the vehicle’s battery. If it is extremely hot outside and you absolutely need to turn on the A.C, opt for a moderate setting instead of cranking it up to the max. Avoid using the air conditioner for short distances and when opening the window can offer the required comfort level.

8. Get rid of extra weight

The heavier the car, the lower its fuel efficiency. If your car is loaded, the engine has to exert more pressure to move it along. Do not overburden the car with stuff you do not need on a regular basis, and neither treat it as an attic or dustbin for useless items.

9. Lookout for fuel leaks

It is essential to keep an eye on the fuel system to maintain the car’s life and efficacy. If you can smell gasoline inside or near your car, get it checked as soon as possible. Any fault in the fuel pump, filter, or injectors can become a hazard.

10. Timely replacement/cleaning of Air Filters

When air filters get clogged with dirt and debris, the engine does not receive adequate air circulation. As a result, the engine heats up quickly and this leads to long-term damage. Timely replacement or cleaning of blocked air filters improves car performance, reduces waste, and saves fuel.

In addition to being Eco-Friendly, these tips may help keep more green in your bank account. A great way to help the planet and yourself.


Author Bio
John Adams is a technology enthusiast, eager to discuss the latest trends and dive into technical details. He also loves travelling and blogging about current affairs. Sharing personal opinions and life experiences
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