Car owners have a desire to drive ‘green’ for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s solely to do well for the environment, to save on gas money, or both, there is more than one way to drive ‘green’. If you are interested in improving on this read the following tips for some easy ways to go green while on the road.
Go Small: Buying a small car is one of the best way to reduce your car’s environmental impact. Today’s small cars are better than ever, unlike the tin boxes of yesteryear. Furthermore they are becoming very popular, prompting automakers to renew their focus on the small car market. Small cars biggest benefit is their excellent fuel efficiency. If a small car fits your lifestyle, and you don’t have a thirst for overwhelming power, it may be the right way to go green.
Hybrid or Diesel: This may be an obvious one, but it’s certainly not right or affordable for everyone. Hybrids have improved over the years and there are now many models to choose from. Diesel, once considered dirty cars, use new technology to create a super clean and fuel efficient engine. While the U.S. still lags behind in available diesels, compared to Europe, the trend may be catching on. The main downside to these vehicles is the more expensive price tag.
Green Materials: Today automakers are using green and recycled materials for the cars cabin. These include recycled components and parts made from plants. Those who prefer can opt for a non-leather interior in most lower- and mid-priced vehicles, and even in some luxury cars.
Shut Off Cylinder Technology: To improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, some automakers have created systems that deactivate half an engine’s cylinders during certain driving conditions. Chrysler introduced the second generation of its Multi-Displacement System (MDS) on the 2009 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which can improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent on models such as the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Challenger R/T.
Consider Factories: Some automakers have made huge strides in greening up their manufacturing facilities — and you can reward them for their efforts. A quick visit to the automakers website will give you a quick overview of what they are doing to green their factories.
Tire Pressure: If your car’s tires are underinflated, it can result in increased tire wear as well as reduced fuel economy. Plus, they adversely affect handling, increase stopping distances and increase the chance of tire failure. If your vehicle does not have an included tire pressure monitor, make sure you check yours regularly.
Driving Habits: Lastly, think about how you drive. Could you change your route to make it shorter? Could you combine multiple trips into one? Is your destination close enough to walk or bike? There are many easy ways to drive more ‘green’, its just up to you to make these changes.
Posted by pfiorini on Mar 12 2010 in Environmental News