While going out and buying a hybrid or electric vehicle may seem to be the best way to start driving greener, it’s not necessarily the smartest, nor is it the most feasible. In some instances, it could be more harmful to the environment to trade in your car than just keep it and learn how to drive greener. At the same time, some states are still offering incentives to people who want to trade in their gas-guzzling vehicles in favor of a more eco-friendly option like a hybrid or fully-electric vehicle. Either way, you can and should take action to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, lower its harmful emissions and, as a result, reduce your environmental impact.
To help you in this endeavor, we’ve come up with 4 easy steps to help you drive greener:
1. Routine Maintenance
Conducting routine maintenance will allow your vehicle to run longer and much more efficiently. It will also mean you won’t have the need for a new vehicle as soon as you would if proper maintenance is not done. Change out the oil when it is time, keep your tires properly inflated, rotated and balanced, top off all fluids, replace filters when necessary, conduct repairs as warranted and follow your vehicle’s maintenance guide. Just like anything else you own, if you don’t take care of it, it won’t last.
2. Lighten Your Load
It’s not uncommon for drivers to leave unnecessary items in their vehicles. Over time, these loads will weigh your vehicle down. The simplest thing you can do is take out items you don’t need to lighten your load. Your vehicle will drive better and you’ll be improved your fuel efficiency and saving on gas money. According to FuelEconomy.gov, every 100 pounds removed could improve your MPG by about 1%. In addition, when you do travel with a heavier load, avoid stacking luggage and other items on your vehicle’s roof. A single cargo box on the roof of your vehicle could reduce fuel economy up to 25%, depending on where you are driving and overall conditions. FuelEconomy.gov recommends a rear-mounted box if you must have something.
3. Adhere to Posted Speed Limit Signs
While many different actions can green your driving habits, adhering to posted speed limit signs is an important one to us all. This one action alone can save you quite a bit in gas money, as well as help save lives. For the most part, a vehicle reaches its ideal fuel economy at around 50 mph. Every 5 miles over that lowers fuel economy quite significantly. You’ll also want to avoid rapidly starting and stopping your vehicle, i.e. don’t speed up rapidly as you leave one light, just to have to slam on your brakes to stop at the next. Sensible and safe driving habits can improve fuel economy by up to 14%.
4. Get Help From a Proven Liquid Fuel Catalyst
In addition to following each of the aforementioned steps, getting help from a proven liquid fuel catalyst like Biofriendly Corporation’s Green Plus®. One of the main benefits of our liquid fuel catalyst is it improves the quality of all fuel, gasoline or diesel. This means your fuel is going to burn cleaner and greener. As a result, you’ll increase your vehicle’s horsepower, improve fuel efficiency and lower harmful emissions. It’s a win-win no matter how you look at it.
By taking these four easy steps, you will be driving greener right away. If everyone took actions like these to green up their driving and other lifestyle habits, we’d be doing quite a bit to lessen our environmental impact and improve our world. Keep in mind, it’s often the little things that add up to big results.