Eco-Driving Tips to Save You Money & Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Want to drive less and help save the earth? There are ways to change driving habits that can help save money, time and reduce some of the impacts cars have on the environment.

Here are some tips for driving eco-friendly:

  • Check you tire pressure regularly. Underinflated tires can cause excessive tire wear and reduce your miles per gallon by 3%.
  • Change your air-filter regularly. It takes more engine power and gas to run your car with a clogged air filer. Change it every 6,000 to 10,000 miles.
  • Pay attention to the Check-Engine light. If something may be wrong with your engine, it’s possible that your fuel economy is decreasing and emissions are increasing.
  • Maintain a constant speed, avoid rapid starts and stops. Keeping a steady, constant speed keeps a car moving more efficiently and increase fuel economy. Rapid starts and stops use a lot more fuel.
  • Use cruise control. According to a test by Edmunds.com, using cruise control can provide a 7% average in fuel savings, compared to driving without it.
  • Avoid idling. You car still uses gas while idling getting you 0 mpg.
  • Be AC smart. Open your windows when you’re driving under 40mph, however leaving them open when you hit higher speeds uses more fuel than the air conditioner.
  • Clean out your car. Carrying extra, unnecessary weight decreases fuel efficiency.
  • Buy a fuel-efficient car. If you are planning to replace your current car, why not replace it with something more fuel efficient?
  • Plan ahead, practice trip chaining. Make lists, plan meals and errands and group your trips together to help reduce trips and carbon emissions.
  • Carpool. Sharing rides with friends, family, neighbors and coworkers reduces your driving.
  • Drive less. You may not be able to live without a car, but chances are you can live without it occasionally. You may even find that you really enjoy the occasional bike ride to work or taking the bus downtown.

 

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