You don’t have to drive a hybrid to be a “green” driver, according to a health news website.
Motorists can get their cars on the road to better performance while showing more concern for the environment by following a few simple steps set out by HealthNewsDigest.com.
Its tips to greener motoring include:
Tyres – properly inflated tyres can save around 2 billion gallons of fuel a year if every US car had the correct air pressure, according to the Car Care Council. Tyres that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. Optimal tyre pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual.
Style – your driving style has a lot to do with fuel economy. Jerky and aggressive driving decreases your miles per gallon (MPG) and increases wear and tear on your vehicle. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Minimise unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip.
Tune-Up – regular tune-ups, maintenance and having clean air filters will help your car pollute less and burn less gas. With a proper tune-up, you can save 4 percent on the cost of gas, and up to 40 percent by replacing a faulty oxygen sensor. Simply changing the car’s air filter can improve efficiency by 10 percent.
Lighter Loads – extra items can weigh a vehicle down and cause an increase in fuel usage. Empty out the boot with the exception of emergency items such as a spare tyre.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team