The modern age is all about going green by investing in products that are good for the environment and can help reverse the damage already done. Unfortunately, many of us cannot transition to the latest eco-friendly technology overnight due to financial constraints. Electric cars are said to be the future of the automotive industry, given than they run on clean energy and don’t release harmful by-products into the atmosphere. It is understandable if you cannot afford to buy an electric car right now, but there are things you can do make a conventional vehicle more sustainable.
1. Be Gentle with your Car
Your automobile is among your most valuable and treasured assets, so handle it with care. Do not test its limits or treat it like your punching bag if you wish to keep it in working condition long-term. Bad driving habits like going way over the speed limit and braking aggressively are bad for the wellbeing of you and your car. Reckless driving is a common cause of auto accidents; you may end up hurting somebody and become liable for their car accident injuries. Rash driving is unsustainable, since it weakens the car engine and elevates fuel consumption.
2. Stop Engine Idling
Engine idling refers to when you keep the car started whist not driving around. Many people do not turn off the engine while they’re waiting for someone in their car or awaiting their turn/food order at a takeaway or drive-thru. Sometimes, the waiting time is too long and drivers don’t realize how much fuel they are wasting. Keeping the car powered in a traffic situation is somewhat reasonable, but otherwise you should just switch off the engine and start it up again when you’re ready to go.
3. Keep it Light
Never use your car as a loading truck. If you need a vehicle for transporting bulky goods on a regular basis, you should get something suitable (like a truck). If you load too much heavy stuff into your car, the extra weight will bring it down. An overloaded car will move sluggishly and exert greater pressure on the engine, resulting in faster wear and tear.
4. Don’t skimp on Maintenance
All machines need tweaking and upkeep from time to time. If you skip scheduled maintenance because the car looks or seems fine, you will probably increase the risks of sudden operational failure. Keeping the car in excellent shape improves its performance and productivity, thereby reducing its carbon footprint.
5. Timely Repairs and Replacements
If you feel that something about your vehicle is off or you have noticed a minor issue, don’t ignore it. What seems negligible to you could be the indication of a much more serious problem. Consult an experienced auto mechanic and get your car fixed as soon as possible. If a spare part is giving you trouble, get it repaired or replaced before it results in severe or irreversible damage to the car.
6. Get it washed at a Service Station
If you think you are being smart and frugal by washing your car at home, I have bad news for you. You might save a few bucks with the DIY approach, but the impact of it on the environment is awful. For starters, washing down the car with an open hose is a colossal waste of water. In addition, the waste water is contaminated by detergent and gas residues, which are toxic. This toxic waste water drains into nearby water bodies, causing serious damage to aquatic ecosystems. Service stations utilize minimum water for cleaning automobiles and the waste water is treated in a sewer before being released into the environment.
7. Regulate Tire Pressure
The air pressure of tires needs to fall into a narrow range for optimum performance of the vehicle. If the pressure gets too high, the tire could burst. If the pressure is too low, the tire may collapse or hinder movement. Proper inflation of car tires boosts gas mileage and ensures safe travel. Most service stations will check and adjust tire pressure for free, so no need to hesitate. If the mechanic tells you that your tires are worn out, go for quality and durable replacements.
8. Don’t fill your Tank to the Brim
People who have to travel long distances by car on a daily basis are under the habit of getting their tank full to the limit every time gas runs low. Some even go as far as topping off the tank with some bonus fuel to go the extra mile. When the tank is filled to the brim, toxic vapors escape the surface and contaminate the atmosphere. Since these vapors are highly volatile and flammable, they can cause fires and impair our airways on inhalation. It is best to keep 20-30% of your tank empty, so that the fuel has extra room to expand and keep the vapors trapped within.
9. Don’t make a Habit of Blasting the Air Conditioner
Excessive use of the vehicle’s air conditioner accelerates deterioration of the battery and raises fuel consumption by approximately 25%. You can opt to open the car windows instead of turning on the AC if the weather and temperature are tolerable. If you absolutely need to use the air conditioner due to intense heat and humidity, keep it at a low or moderate setting rather than pushing it to the max.
John Adams is a technology enthusiast, eager to discuss the latest trends and dive into technical details. He also loves travelling and blogging about current affairs. Sharing personal opinions and life experiences makes him happy, and he is always open to constructive criticism.