Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

February 18th, 2020 by

Today, most car companies are busy introducing electric vehicles to help reduce pollution. Purchasing an electric vehicle might not be possible for you due to financial constraints, but you can still do your bit to reduce pollution. Here are some tips to make your car eco-friendly.

1. Empty the Trunk

Many times, there are unnecessary things lying in the trunk that increase the weight of the car. An increase in weight leads to increased fuel consumption and higher emissions. You need to remove any unwanted items from the trunk and reduce the weight of the car. For example, you can remove the golf kit lying in the trunk that you only need on weekends. Simply emptying your trunk from time to time will help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions as well.

2. Drive Slower

Driving at high speeds increases fuel consumption which also increases emissions. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, make sure you drive the car at 60mph or under.  This can increase fuel efficiency by 15%, and you also reduce the chances of a speed ticket. 

3. Check Fuel System

Maintaining the fuel system is an important step towards making your car more eco-friendly. The first thing you need to do is replace the fuel filter after two years or every 24,000 miles, whichever is earlier.  You should also flush the fuel injectors after every 30,000 miles. 

4. Performing Regular Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance ensures the engine runs smoothly and there are lower emissions. You need to tune the car engine and also perform basic maintenance tasks at regular intervals. Tuning the engine increases its efficiency which leads to better mileage and lower emissions. In general, an engine tune-up can improve mileage by 4%. 

5. Inflate Tires Perfectly 

Do you know driving the car on underinflated tires increases fuel consumption?  According to tire experts, the rolling resistance of the tire increases to 48.52% when the tire pressure is around 25psi.  When the same tires have 45 psi tire pressure, the rolling resistance is reduced by 13.46%. Thus, simply maintaining the right tire pressure is crucial for lower rolling resistance. A lower rolling resistance improves fuel efficiency and lowers emissions. 

6. Don’t Keep Unnecessary Items in the Car

Always remove unnecessary items lying in the car. People often leave items inside the trunk after a road trip or long journeys. Remove all unnecessary items from the car and enjoy improved mileage and reduced emissions. 

7. Drive Wisely

The temptation to drive faster will always be there when you are behind the steering wheel. However, you should go easy on the pedal and avoid speeding. When the car’s speed increases beyond 50 mph, the drag also increases significantly which increases fuel consumption. According to auto experts, driving at 60mph or lower speeds improves fuel efficiency by 15%.  Improved fuel efficiency means a lower emission that is good for the environment. 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. By following the tips given above, you can ensure your car is doing the least damage to the environment. It is something that you should be proud of and also your duty as a responsible inhabitant of Earth. 

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