Did you know gasoline used in many vehicles contributes to large amounts of carbon dioxide being released in the atmosphere? This element plays a significant role in climate change. There are actions you can do to help reduce costs and dependency on oil, while improving the environment. Whether you own, rent or plan to purchase your first vehicle, there are things you can do to make a difference in climate change. Here are 4 tips to help you make informed decisions on how to purchase and maintain your vehicle.
- Shop smart when purchasing a vehicle. Do your homework before going to the dealer to pick out a car. The federal government offers EPA guidelines and other useful tips through their website (fueleconomy.gov). This is comprehensive details about fuel efficiency that is easy to read and follow. Learn about vehicle labels and what they mean as far as how they help you save on fuel. Compare your options and learn about different vehicles that can meet your needs while keeping fuel economy low.
- Stay within the speed limit while driving and avoid slamming your brakes. Be a smart driver to reduce gas emissions and get better fuel economy. Keep the weight of your vehicle light by eliminating unnecessary items from your trunk. Use cruise control when driving longer distances. Reduce idle time to 30 seconds or less when possible.
- Keep up with regular maintenance of your vehicle and this includes checking tire pressure. Follow the maintenance schedule provided by your vehicle manufacture; this information can be reviewed in the driver manual. Other services such as oil changes and tune ups should be done regularly. Be sure to use correct grade of motor oil. Tires with poor pressure make vehicles use more gas. Look for tires made with energy-saving elements such as low rolling resistance. Good maintenance helps your vehicle burn gas more efficient while helping your vehicle remain safe and last longer.
- Use other forms of transportation when you can. This is a great way to give your vehicle a rest. Ride your bike, carpool, use public transportation or walk. There are job opportunities such as telecommuting that can eliminate the daily driving to work while saving money and reducing emissions. When you do use your vehicle try planning your errands ahead of time so you can complete them at the same time.
What about Renewable Fuel Sources?
There is an additional option you can look into when doing your part to reduce effects of climate change such as using renewable fuel. There are options such as biodiesel and E85. These options are made with materials better for the environment such as corn and ethanol. They greatly reduce emissions contributing to greenhouse gas and reduce the use of gasoline. Many newer vehicles on the road today are considered flex fuel vehicles (FFV) that are specially designed to use traditional gas or E85.