We all need to do our part to help minimize emissions and keep our planet healthy. Here are a few ways that you can reduce the emissions of the vehicle that you are currently driving.
Drive The Speed Limit
When you drive too fast or aggressively, not only do you risk getting a traffic ticket and increase your chance of an accident, but you will also burn more fuel than necessary. Use cruise control whenever there is a clear, flat stretch of road so that your vehicle can maintain a steady speed. Cruise control consumes less fuel than constantly accelerating and decelerating, so try to use it whenever possible.
Check Your Tires
Check your tires (when they are cool – a hot tire that’s been on the road recently will give you an incorrect reading) every few weeks to make sure that they are properly filled. When you check your tires, look for the wear and tear on the treads. Is the wear even on all of your wheels? If your tires are not properly inflated or aligned, this will create a drag effect and your car will burn more fuel. Ideally, you should get a tire alignment check done at the beginning of spring and winter, or whenever when you have your tires changed.
Get Regular Tune-ups
Make sure that your vehicle has regular tune-ups. This will help lengthen the lifespan of your car, improve fuel economy, and reduce emissions. Start with regular oil changes every three months or 5,000 kilometers. The oil change will provide lubrication, helping your vehicle operate with less resistance. At Dixie Autopro, every oil change includes an inspection of all belts, hoses, clamps, tires, tire pressure, undercarriage, fluid levels, and wiper blades.
Do Not Overfill Your Gas
Topping off your tank with a little extra gas can release hazardous vapors into the atmosphere. Fortunately, most modern cars have an emissions canister which stops fuel vapors from leaking out, but if you have an older model, be aware. Make sure that your fuel tank is screwed on tightly to reduce emissions.
Reduce The Weight In Your Vehicle
A heavy car takes more gas to move than a light one. You’re probably carrying some heavy, unnecessary items in your car such as mountain bikes, ski or snowboard equipment, dog crates and other weighty items in your backseat or trunk. Towing too much cargo hurts fuel economy.
Try To Keep Your Windows Up and Your A/C Off
It may feel nice, but driving around with the A/C cranked up increases fuel consumption. If it’s sunny out, you might be tempted to roll down your windows instead, but this creates air drag and decreases your vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency. Instead of using the A/C or rolling down the windows, try using your car’s airflow ventilation instead.