Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly




Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

 

It is not only the responsibility of car manufacturers to make greener vehicles to help the environment. Every individual motorist can play a big role in reducing air pollution as well. To make things easy for you, we have provided a few tips to make your vehicle more eco-friendly.


Don’t Speed

 

Nothing kills MPG like speeding.  When you drive the car at a higher speed (like 75 mph), the fuel consumption increases by about 20%. If you want maximum fuel efficiency, you should drive at a steady speed in the range of 55 to 65 mph.  Driving at constant speed around 55mph rather than 65+ mph can improve fuel efficiency by 10-15%.


Be Frugal With the AC

 

It is a well-known fact that the use of air-conditioning reduces fuel economy. This is because the AC depends on engine power for operation.  The use of AC can increase fuel consumption by up to 20% due to the additional load on the engine. However, the size of the car, exterior temperature and other conditions also play an important role in AC and its effect on fuel consumption.


Remove the Roof Rack

 

Roof racks cause aerodynamic drag that increases fuel consumption. According to a 2015 study, roof racks were responsible for 0.85 of light-duty vehicle fuel consumption. I am not sure on that number but cannot find the source. If you want your car to be more eco-friendly, remove the roof racks. You can install them when needed.  Removing the roof rack will reduce aerodynamic drag and also reduce fuel consumption and emissions simultaneously.


Your Car Is Not a Storage Unit

 

Many people have a habit of keeping things that they seldom use in their car.  These unwanted or unneeded things add weight to the car and the engine has to burn more fuel. You can sidestep this fuel-suck by removing things from the car that are not regularly needed. For example, don’t stash the golf clubs that you only need on the weekends in the trunk. Keep your clubs near the car so you can pack them up easily whenever you are heading out for a day on the links.


Keep the Car Tuned

 

Engine tune-ups can help increase fuel efficiency and reduce car emissions. For example, if the car has a faulty oxygen sensor, it can lead to an approximately 40% drop in fuel economy. Keeping the car tuned will ensure no major problem remains undetected and you can get the problem fixed at the earliest stage. Keeping the car tuned to reduce emissions and fuel consumption will only make it more eco-friendly.


Maintain Tire Pressure

 

To achieve better fuel economy, you need to maintain recommended tire pressure in all tires.  If you drive the car on underinflated tires, the car experiences more rolling resistance that leads to increased fuel consumption. Underinflated tires can reduce the fuel economy by 0.6% and in some cases by as much as 3%. Properly inflated tires not only improve fuel efficiency, but they also last longer.


We are always looking for ways to lead a better and healthier lives. Following the above eco-friendly tips for your car is the first step in the right direction toward curbing air pollution and making the environment more sustainable for every living being on the earth.


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