My silver car isn’t a hybrid, but it’s very green. Is yours?
You don’t have to own a hybrid car in order to make your car run cleaner and greener! In fact, regardless of what size, type, (or color) vehicle you drive, there are some simple things you can do to make it run as clean and efficient as possible. Here are a few ideas:
Maintain your vehicle
Check your owner’s manual for proper maintenance intervals. If you’re not mechanically inclined, take your vehicle in for routine maintenance. Periodically checking, changing, and maintaining your oil, spark plugs, battery, air filters, A/C, and cooling system, keeps your vehicle running most efficient. Checking for a loose or damaged gas cap can prevent gas from evaporating, harming the environment, and wasting money. If your “Check Engine” light comes on, most auto parts stores will hook up a hand held diagnostic tool and tell you what is wrong… for free!
Check your tires
Improper air pressure can burn more fuel, and reduce the life of your tires. According to the Car Care Council, around two billion gallons of gas each year could be saved if the tires on every American’s car were properly inflated.
Lighten things up
The heavier your car is, the more fuel you’ll use. Get rid of the extra “stuff” in your trunk and in your car that adds up to extra weight. Keep the emergency items like a spare tire, jack, flares, first-aid kit, etc., but consider purging the non-essentials.
Comfort Tip: You and your passengers might end up feeling more comfortable in a clean, organized car!
Drive to thrive
While driving your car, remember that how you drive has a big impact on your fuel economy. Avoid sudden “jackrabbit” starts and stops and go the speed limit. Jerky and aggressive driving decreases your miles per gallon (MPG), and increases the wear and tear on your vehicle. Combine errands when heading out. Plan the shortest route. Car pool when able. Make a conscious effort towards smarter and more efficient driving.
Is your vehicle as green as it could be?