You may think that driving "green" is a luxury that you do not have. In reality, making your vehicle eco-friendly is simple and benefits the environment and your vehicle. In addition, it helps to ensure that you pass any emissions inspection that your area requires. For practical reasons, you need to take steps to reduce your car's carbon footprint.
Drive Slow and Steady
Simply driving the way your instructor taught you will reduce your fuel usage and emissions. If you are a start and stop driver, you are unnecessarily burning gas. Keep your vehicle moving smoothly. Avoid that constant acceleration and braking loop that impatient drivers create. When on the highway, using your cruise control can help eliminate this problem. Staying within the speed limit also greatly improves your mileage. Any speed over fifty miles per hour affects your fuel efficiency.
If you've ever pulled past a parking spot that required parallel parking to find an easier slot, you are burning fuel and adding to the pollution problem. Experts say that your vehicle emits five pounds of CO2 for every ten minutes you drive around looking for that perfect parking spot. Some of today's vehicle models actually help you park, so the nightmare of squeezing your car into a small slot is eliminated. For many, parallel parking is an option that needs to be embraced once more.
Emissions Test Prep
If you live in an area that requires emissions tests in order to renew your vehicle license, you can prep for them by attending to certain details before you go. Most of these are simple. You should have the oil changed if you are due, and you should also make certain your tires are properly inflated. If you have one of those pesky engine lights on, take your car to the mechanic and fix the problem. Consider using a fuel additive as well. They can be effective in lowering your emissions level. On the day of the test, take a twenty-minute drive to get everything operating at maximum effectiveness. All of these steps will help your vehicle meet all the state or local requirements. You can also take your car in for a vehicle inspection prior to the emissions test to make sure everything is in good shape.
Of course, you want your car to be environmentally friendly, but making it more "green" gives you practical benefits as well. You can reduce your emissions simply by driving smarter, parking better, and prepping for your test. These small steps will keep you in compliance with local laws and make your driving experience less expensive and more pleasant.