Recently Earth-friendly alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles have gained major attention and an increasing market share.
But you don’t need to have old batteries lying around or buy a different vehicle to protect the environment. All you really need in the playbook of environmental consciousness are two “sets” of “plays” – maintaining your vehicle and practicing good driving habits.
Here are the “plays”, or should we say tips that could help you score a touchdown in the field of Earth-friendly auto maintenance. The first tip would be to make sure your car’s engine is in top condition at all times. Perform regular vehicle maintenance at the intervals recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. And make sure you have your engine checked in an expedient manner if you see the “check engine” light.
To find a trustworthy repair facility, ask friends for recommendations or search online for auto repair facilities near you. Closely monitor the pressure in your tires. An underinflated tire, or tires would cause your engine to push farther than it could and, as a result, guzzle more gas in order to keep your vehicle moving.
Don’t have your car’s air conditioning serviced by just any Joe Blow in the neighborhood – the technicians must be properly certified to handle automotive AC systems. Older air conditioning systems contain ozone-depleting chemicals that could be released into the atmosphere.
Speaking of older cars and dangerous chemicals, some of them have switches that contain mercury that are used to activate lighting systems. However, you can have this substance eliminated from your vehicle, as many shops have “mercury switch out” programs that allow you to change these switches for those that are made out of more environmentally friendly substances.
You’ll only end up wasting gas and risking a traffic violation if you put the pedal to the metal and try beating the speed limit, red light, or whatnot.
If you need to change fluids or batteries, dispose of them properly. Make a quick call to your local waste management agency if you need some help. Do not, and I repeat do not spill engine fluids on to the ground, because they may eventually find themselves mingling with otherwise fresh water in a nearby lake – not very Earth-friendly at all.
If you follow the tips above and make sure you are driving environmentally safe, then you will be rewarded with an automobile that will last the long haul while not doing anything harmful to Mother Nature. In other words, when you “go green,” the Earth wins, your car wins — and you are the biggest winner of all!