On this earth day here’s how your vehicle can contribute to make a difference.
- Weight Matters
It requires more gas to move a heavy car than a light one. There’s not much you can do to change the actual weight of your vehicle without some serious alterations, but you can avoid adding weight. How much unnecessary stuff are you toting around in your car? You can easily control the weight you carry around by leaving any unwanted equipment or luggage.
- The Impact of Tires
The type of tires you install has a huge impact on the gas consumption. Lately, tire engineers have developed new ways to reduce the natural deflection, deformation, and elastic delay that occur when a rubber circle that carries thousands of pounds rolls. These smarter tires waste less energy in the form of heat, with the potential to save 100 gallons of gas when compared to other tires.
- The Right Grade of Gasoline
Most gas pumps offer three grades– regular, plus, and premium. If you’ve been paying extra for high grade gasoline types, chances are you’re wasting money without any increased performance.
- The Air-Conditioner Effect
It surely feels great to drive around with the air-conditioner on full mode, but this can increase the fuel cost from 13% up to 21%. If the weather’s nice, you might be tempted to roll down the windows instead, but this decreases your vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows or using the AC.
- The Way You Drive
Obsessed with speed? Love to speed-up for some upbeat hits? Surely sounds tempting, but these aggressive driving habits may cost you a bit more. More importantly this add lots of extra emissions into the atmosphere.
Here’s a fun fact to keep in mind: All vehicles lose fuel economy at speeds above 55 mph. That’s one of the reasons it’s the most common speed limit. Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel cost by 13 percent. Driving 55 mph saves 25%. Also, stop allowing your vehicle to idle, even for 10 seconds. An idling car gets zero miles per gallon, but still produces toxic emissions.