Steps Toward a “Greener” Vehicle (Making a smaller carbon footprint)

There are many steps you can take to make your carbon footprint a little smaller from recycling and avoiding meat, to maybe growing your own vegetables – but we don’t often realize those eco-friendly efforts can be translated to car maintenance.

Seeing as April is Earth Month, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share some tips to a “greener” vehicle.

  1. No Junk in the Trunk: Extra items in your vehicle weigh it down and ultimately contribute to poor fuel economy, burning through way more gas than necessary.
  2. Keep Your Cool: Speeding and driving aggressively, besides being dangerous, actually reduces gas mileage by up to 33%! Avoiding sudden starts and stops also helps.
  3. Plan Your Trip: There’s nothing like driving across town a couple times to get your errands done! Its annoying, time consuming, and a huge waste of fuel that you’re pumping into the atmosphere. Planning your route for efficiency is an easy fix!
  4. Air Filter: Cleaning or replacing your air filter improves your vehicle’s performance and acceleration. A good rule of thumb is to get it checked when you have your oil changed.
  5. Tire Pressure: Proper tire pressure can increase mileage by over 3%! Your tires can lose up to half of their pressure without appearing flat at all, so your eyes aren’t always the best indication of how they’re doing. Check your pressure monthly according to the manufacturer’s recommendation on a sticker in your door jam – it should be between 30-35 PSI.

If an eco-friendly vehicle is important to you, get in touch with our team to see what we have in-stock to meet your goals!

Apr 18th, 2018