Everyday Green Tips

5 Things to operate your car eco-friendly

Five easy and quick ways to make sure your car runs a little more eco-friendly!

1. Proper tire inflation. Keeping your tires properly inflated will allow your car to track down the road evenly and safely. Less drag from under inflated tires.

2. Clean filters. Change your air filter and fuel filters at regular intervals. Your engine needs clean air to breathe and clean gas to burn. Efficiency comes from both.

3. Run good synthetic oil in your engine. Good clean oil allows your engine to run more efficiently, giving you better fuel savings. When your engine does not have to work as hard to run, you will realize better MPG and a cleaner running engine.

4. Don’t sit and idle. Idling produces a huge amount of C02 gas. It also burns more gas. Turn off your car when you can.

5. Driving 5 MPH under the speed limit. What??? Yes driving at slower speeds will increase your fuel economy. Less fuel burned, lower cost, less emissions and just a little more time added to your trip time. Are you really in that big of a hurry?


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    All very sound ideas. One of the things that really "gets me," is driving past a Drive-thru Starbucks and seeing 10 cars waiting in line to pick up coffee at the window. Really? Walking in would get you a coffee sooner. Waiting is wasteful and creates a smog cloud around the Starbucks.

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    The best way to keep your car eco-friendly is not to use it and rather to walk, bike and take transit. Better yet, work to make your community more walkable, bikable and have better transit choices, frequency, etc. Use taxis and carshare when you need a personal ride.

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    How do you get people to stop idling their cars to warm them up in the morning? I see this truck idling (unattended) next to my office parking space almost daily, even on 70-degree mornings. I left a note on his windshield once, to no avail.

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    Commercial trucks and buses are not supposed to idle their engines while stopped when the temperature outside is between 40 and 75 degrees, or something like that. It is a law, but maybe only a state law, I'm not sure.

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