Three Tips For Driving Your Car Green

Posted on: 9 August 2017

Even if you aren't driving the most eco-friendly car around, you can still drive your own car in a "green" way. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it can even save you money on your car costs. Here are three tips for driving your car green:

  1. Keep the Weight Down: No matter how big or small your car is, you basically only want the weight of yourself and the car weighing down on the road. Additional weight is going to make the car drag on the road more, thus burning more fuel. Keep your car clutter-free by removing all that excess weight like the sweater you brought along on your date just in case it got cold or the empty coffee cups from when you went out with some friends. Leaving all that junk in the car seriously weighs it down. It's time to only travel with what you need. Not only is this better for the car, but it's better for your peace of mind, as well. Speaking of extra weight, never drive around with a spare tire that isn't in good condition. Many people do this without realizing because they don't bother to check on the spare to ensure that it is still in good condition. 
  2. Check the Tire Pressure: Many car owners do not do this often enough. Checking the tire pressure is highly important to ensuring that the vehicle is driving smoothly on the road. It's definitely helpful to get your own tire pressure gauge to use at home. Not only does this keep your car driving smoothly, but it saves you on fuel costs and keep your tires in better condition so that you don't have to replace them as often. 
  3. Don't Idle: Turning off your engine when you are idling is always a good idea because it saves on fuel costs and it reduces the amount of fuel you are releasing into the air when it's not needed. If you are stuck in traffic that's not moving, waiting at a long traffic light, or simply waiting for someone to get to your car, turn the engine off. This includes not warming the engine up before you are driving. It's just not worth it. 

When you consider these three tips, even if you drive the least fuel-efficient vehicle, you can at least work on being a bit more green for yourself and the environment.