Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

Tips to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly


As of late, several organizations have been encouraging initiatives to curb environmental pollution and reduce the carbon footprint. As an individual, one must contribute to finding every possible way to achieve this goal. A simple approach with a substantial positive impact on the environment, however,  is to make one’s car more eco-friendly..


Purchasing an eco-friendly car, like an expensive electric car, is not the only solution. A well-maintained vehicle is in itself more environmentally friendly than its neglected counterparts. Simple measures like adhering to the maintenance schedule and improving personal driving practices can ensure the car is eco-friendly.


Below are some simple tips to make a car more environmentally responsible.


Use Eco-Friendly and Properly Inflated Tires


Tire manufacturing companies are aiming at developing eco-friendly tires. Their prime focus is on producing the required synthetic rubber from biomass or plant-derived materials. The aim is also to lower the rolling resistance in order to reduce CO2 emissions and to find alternative ways to recycle the rubber. If you’re planning on purchasing tires, think eco-friendly first.


Under-inflated tires have high rolling resistance, and deflated tires severely affect the car’s speed. Maintaining proper tire inflation is vital to the health of your car as well as the environment. The required tire pressure range varies with every model. Be sure to check the driver’s manual or the sticker inside the driver’s door. The air compressors at gas stations are available to monitor and fill the tires accordingly.


Follow the Recommended Tune-Up Routine


A car tune-up is considered as precautionary maintenance to ensure that a vehicle continues to perform well. Servicing your vehicle at least once a year is a must, which can lead to almost 4 percent higher gas mileage, improved efficiency, and reduced emission. 

Tune-ups include changing faulty parts, such as the air filter, spark plugs, and fuel filter.

To ensure that customers get their cars serviced at least once per year, car dealers often give lucrative offers. For example, Ford car dealers offer service coupons that help customers save some cash. Also, the dealers provide service specialists who use the best equipment and accessories.


Monitor the Fuel System


Faulty components within the fuel system, such as pumps, injectors, and filters, must be checked regularly. Replacing the parts every 30,000 miles ensures consistent fuel efficiency. In case of a fuel leak, check for any cracks in the fuel lines.


Fill Up Without Topping Off

Avoid topping off at the pump as this releases harmful vapors in the air. Stop pumping once the nozzle closes automatically. Emission canisters are an essential part of the car designed to prevent gases from escaping into the atmosphere, topping off only restrains their effect.


Lighten Your Load


Overloading the vehicle increases gas usage. Keep the trunk and rooftop less loaded. By doing so, the fuel economy can improve by 2 percent for every 100 pounds.


Ford outlines several green initiatives, like the use of sustainable fabric, fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission, and Ford Escape and Focus using 80 percent recyclable materials, just  to mention a few.


Irresponsible automobile usage can cause serious environmental issues. Taking the appropriate measures to maintain near-perfect vehicle condition combined with some of the green driving approaches mentioned above will help improve the environmental standards.