Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly
With car pollution being one of the main contributors of harmful greenhouse gases, we hear a lot about global warming, pollution, and the introduction of electric vehicles as an option to help save the environment. If you own an older car, you should think about taking a few steps to reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. Here are a few tips designed to help you do just that.
Drive Smarter Not Harder
Even if your car is in perfect working condition, the way you drive has a noticeable effect on fuel efficiency. For example, driving at a higher speed and accelerating too quickly increases fuel consumption. Plan your travel well so that you don’t have to cruise at high speeds to reach the destination on time. The recommended speed range for optimal fuel efficiency is 55 to 65 mph. In addition, if you are waiting for someone in the car, don’t allow your engine to idle. Be sure to turn off the engine whenever possible and save more fuel.
Check the Fuel System
If a component within the fuel system begins to malfunction, it will automatically affect the fuel economy. This being the case, it is important to check the fuel lines for any leakage and to monitor the fuel pump, and fuel filler at regular intervals. These types of problems can be easily identified as you will be able to smell fuel in or near the car. If you notice a strong fuel odor, check the fuel system immediately and get the necessary repairs done to prevent more fuel waste moving forward.
Get Rid of Excess Weight
There is a direct relationship between the weight of the car and the fuel economy. The more your car weighs, the lower the fuel economy. Be sure to check the car's cabin and trunk for any junk and unwanted items, then remove them from the car immediately. For example, the golf clubs might be lying in the trunk all week even though you only need them on weekends. This seemingly minor factor ends up costing you more at the pump each week. Also, remove your roof rack when it is not in use. Roof racks not only increase weight but also increase aerodynamic drag that reduces fuel economy.
Maintain Tire Pressure
Tire experts universally suggest that motorists maintain recommended air pressure in all tires to increase tire life and improve fuel economy. If every tire is 1 PSI lower than recommended, the fuel economy is reduced by 0.2%. Maintaining tire pressure reduces rolling resistance, improves mileage, and lowers carbon emissions.
Get Regular Tune-Ups
Keeping your car tuned is the best way to increase its longevity and fuel efficiency. Also, changing oil at recommended intervals is a must. As the oil gets older, it does not provide adequate lubrication to the engine components. This, in turn, reduces its efficiency. Also, components like spark plugs get dirty over time and lose the ability to provide adequate ignition to the air-fuel moisture. This often leads to a reduction in fuel economy. Regular tune-ups will ensure that all engine and car components are working efficiently and maximizing fuel economy.
Ready the Radiator
Your engine has a goldilocks-type range of operating temperatures. Optimal engine temperature is maintained by the radiator and cooling system. You should frequently check the coolant level in the radiator to ensure that your thermostat is not faulty.
It is certainly not hard to be a part of the solution in reducing fuel consumption, lowering car emissions, and making your car more eco-friendly. Even the smallest baby steps can go a long way in helping the environment.