Cars, trucks and other vehicles are the biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions. As governments look to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their countries produce by introducing legislation on pollution, car manufacturers have responded by creating low emission, fuel efficient cars that will get drivers from A to B with minimal impact on the environment.
Drivers of well-loved cars may wonder where that leaves them? If you have an old car you absolutely love and you're not ready to trade it in for a newer model, there are things you can do to make your car more environmentally-friendly.
For every 5mph that you drive over 50mph, you will pay around $0.13 per gallon extra for your gasoline. Driving faster, sudden braking and rapid acceleration will waste your fuel and can lower your gas mileage for motorway driving by 33%, so you'll have to top up more often. Going at a gentler pace is safer for you and others, better for your wallet and kinder to the planet.
Use Cheaper Fuel
If you don't think you can resist putting your foot on the accelerator, why not buy cheaper fuel? If you've been buying premium gasoline because you think its better, you may not need it. There usually isn't a great deal of difference except in the price and if it does slow your car down you won't be able to go at greater speeds which will help the environment and save you money.
If Your Car Runs on Diesel, Consider Using Bio-Diesel
Diesel is thought of as a greener fuel than gasoline because it is more fuel efficient but it actually produces more poisonious emissions. For a truly eco-friendly alternative, why not see if your car engine is compatible with bio-diesel? Bio-diesel is made from agricultural oils, recycled cooking oils and animal fats. It's important to consider that some bio-fuels contain palm oil and unless it is sustainably produced, its production causes deforestation of the rainforests.
Don't Overload Your Car
It may seem obvious, but don't overload your car. Too many items in your trunk will weigh down your car and make it guzzle more gas as you drive. The lighter your load, the less you will spend, the less fuel you will lose and the less pollution your car will spew out.
Idling - standing still with your engine still running - is very pollutive, bad for your health and a waste of money. You can waste half a gallon of fuel idling for one hour. Breathing in exhaust fumes can cause respiratory diseases and can make asthma worse, as well as reducing air quality for everyone. Turn your engine off.
Get Regular Service Checks for Your Car
Make sure you take your car to a mechanic regularly to make sure it is in top shape. If your engine has failed its emissions test or you have a more severe problem in need of repair, fixing the issue will improve your gas mileage usage by up to 40%. If your old car parts have worn out, you can buy recycled car parts from Auto Zippy, the fastest way to get used car parts for your vehicle.
Keep Your Tires Pumped Up
Under-inflated tires lower your gas mileage by 0.3% and they are safer for you. It will also ensure that your tires last longer which is a more efficient use of materials and is less wasteful.
Convert Your Vehicle into a 'Green' Car
If you want to improve your cars eco-friendly rating but you'd rather not continue to drive your car as it is, you could consider converting your vehicle to a hybrid car. It will look the same on the outside but will be much cleaner to run.
Middle Tennessee State University have developed an affordable plug in hybrid kit that can be used on the majority of cars. You won't have to worry about how to hook up the motors, as the motors are attached to the rear wheels. These are supplied by a large lithium-ion battery that is mounted to the rear of the car.
Adding power to the wheels reduces the amount of power required from the internal combustion engine. While not a complete electric car, it uses electrical motors to supplement the regular engine and should improve your fuel efficiency, reduce pollution and reduce your weekly gasoline bill.
Since the university published its news about the plug in kit, several manufacturers have offered to build it. While not in auto stores yet, the estimated cost of the kit is $3,000, less than doing a whole engine conversion.
If you want to get started now, why not join the growing number of people who are buying parts and converting their vehicles for themselves?
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