According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average car emits as much as 575 pounds of carbon monoxide into the air each year. Until automakers develop a more environmentally friendly automobile, it’s up to each driver to help reduce their car’s footprint on the planet.
Here are five easy ways to drive green without buying a new car or drastically changing your driving habits:
1. Simply follow the maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual.
An out-of-tune engine can increase emissions and fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent. Always follow your car manufacturer’s suggested tune-up schedule to ensure your vehicle is performing at its best.
2. Upgrade your motor oil.
Some of the newer high-performance synthetic motor oils have been proven to significantly reduce emissions. For instance, according to independent tests, Royal Purple motor oil has been shown to reduce carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 62 percent when compared to conventional petroleum-based oils. It also improves fuel economy by as much as 5 percent and produces notable horsepower and torque increases. So you can switch to an environmentally friendly product without giving up performance. More information is available at www.royalpurple.com.
3. Regularly replace your air filter.
A clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent. Air filters keep impurities from damaging the interior of the engine, so replacing dirty filters will save gas and protect your engine.
4. Keep the tires of your vehicle properly inflated.
The U.S. Energy Department reports that under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 6 percent. One study estimates that 50 to 80 percent of the tires rolling on U.S. roads are under inflated. Astonishingly, we could save up to 2 billion gallons of gas each year simply by properly inflating our tires.
5. Avoid topping off your gas tank.
Topping off releases gas fumes into the air and cancels the benefits of the pump’s anti-pollution devices. Capping your tank once the pump automatically shuts off is safer and reduces pollution.
To learn more about fuel efficiency and protecting the environment, the following have Web sites worth visiting:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site (www.epa.gov)
The U.S. Departments of Energy’s Web site dedicated to issues related to fuel economy
Royal Purple’s Web site (www.royalpurple.com)