5 Biofriendly Driving Tips to Help with Your Summer Travel

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If Memorial Day weekend was any indication, as AAA was reporting it expected nearly 42 million Americans to hit the road during the unofficial start of summer, our guess is it’s going to be a very busy travel season. While many people may take planes or trains to get to their vacation destination, you can expect the road to be filled with families heading out for (or returning home from) their summer travel. As a result, we wanted to offer some biofriendly driving tips to help not only minimize the impact on your wallet, but curb the impact your driving will have on the environment.

Biofriendly Summer Driving Tips

By incorporating these five, simple biofriendly driving tips into your summer travel, you can help lower your vehicle emissions, improve your fuel efficiency and gas mileage, and keep your vehicle running as clean and green as possible.

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1. Do some routine maintenance before you go:

Before you head out on your summer vacation, or any vacation for that matter, you’re going to want to do some basic maintenance on your vehicle. Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended level. Change your oil if necessary and get all other fluids topped off. Taking your vehicle in for any repairs is also recommended. Clean out or change your vehicle’s air filters. Each of these steps can help improve fuel efficiency and decrease the amount of harmful emissions your vehicle is generating.

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2. Pack smart and don’t overdo it:

We know it is sometimes common for people to go overboard when packing for a trip, particularly when they are driving. You’ve got room in the car, so why not fill it, right? Wrong. Bring the necessities for sure, but don’t overdo it. Pack smart. Bring what you need and nothing else. Packing too much into your vehicle will load it down and as a result, increase your fuel consumption and increase emissions. A lighter load will also have less impact on your wallet and on the environment.

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3. Observe and adhere to posted speed limits:

While some people may not be too keen on observing and adhering to posted speed limits, doing so will improve your gas mileage. In fact, in some instances, following the speed limit can improve gas mileage by 7% or more.  Then, depending on the price of gas at the time, you could save quite a bit of money simply by driving the speed limit. In addition, adhering to posted speed limits can also help save lives. This, along with avoiding driver distractions, is key to the well-being of any driver and his or her passengers.

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4. Map your route ahead of time:

Using your vehicle’s GPS/navigation or mapping your route ahead of time is a biofriendly way to save money by using less gasoline. You can also go online to check for any sig alerts or construction along your route. Avoid such areas means you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic or idling on the road. You also might be able to find a faster route and thus use less gas to get to your vacation spot.

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5. Use the Green Plus® smog reducer to dramatically cut your gasoline emissions:

Here’s one you may not be aware of yet…Biofriendly Corporation has made its Green Plus® smog reducer available to the general public.  By using the Green Plus smog reducer, gasoline emissions can be lowered up to 25%. It’s inexpensive, simple to use and a valuable tool in any driver’s tool kit. Since the smog reducer causes less energy to be used, your vehicle’s fuel economy and power improve, and harmful emissions are drastically reduced. With over 20 billion miles of use and over 10 thousand hours of certified testing, Green Plus is the most trusted smog-reducing additive in the world.

Of course, you can always use a hybrid or electric vehicle which will automatically reduce emissions and make your trip much cleaner and greener. But for those who don’t have access to such vehicles, using the above tips can help you save money, lower emissions and cause less harm to the environment as a result of your travels. With so many people planning to hid the road this summer, it’s important we each do our part to curb our environmental impact. Hopefully these tips will help you along the way.

If you’ve got any driving tips you use to help lower vehicle emissions and save money, let us know by leaving a comment. Happy and safe summer travels!

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