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How to be an Eco-Friendly Driver

If you’re already living a healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle, why not continue that efficiency and do the same for your car by making it more fuel-friendly and green. Not everyone can own a fuel-efficient car, but with these simple eco-friendly changes to the way you drive, you’ll be able to become a greener driver in no time.

eco-friendly driverMaintain your car: Make sure your tires are inflated and the tire pressure is correct. Also, be sure that the air filter is clean and the oil levels are topped. With regular tune-ups, your car will be well-maintained and can reduce its consumption of fuel. It’s always a good idea to follow your car’s owner’s manual to keep the car running in its best shape.

Use cruise control: If you’re driving on flat and dry land, use cruise control to maintain a steady speed. Keeping your speed consistent helps with fuel economy. But be sure to remember to turn off the cruise control when driving on hilly roads.

Avoid Idling: Whenever you pull over to stop or make a call, turn off the engine and do not leave the car idling. Turning off the engine takes less fuel to restart your vehicle than keeping it running. This will help improve your gas mileage and emit fewer greenhouse gases.

Remove additional weight: If your car is carrying around extra weight, like a loaded roof rack or extra items inside your truck, it decreases the fuel efficiency because of the drag. So remember to take out your gym equipment and remove the roof rack when you’re not using it.  

Turn off the AC: Using air conditioning and seat heaters add strain to your battery and makes  your car engine work harder. So use them every so often, and open your windows and sunroof when driving around town. After all, it’s summer, and a warm fresh breeze will feel great!

Slow down: Fuel consumption starts to increase above 55 mph. By reducing speed and maintaining a steady pace, you will use less fuel. You should also try to accelerate smoothly, avoid jackrabbit starts and late-breaking when possible.

Not only what you drive impacts your carbon footprint, but also how you drive. You’ll improve your gas mileage and emit fewer greenhouse gases when following these suggested tips. Improve your driving experience as well as our planet!

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