Cars are an important part of most daily routines. Whether your family car is new or old, big or small, there are ways to help protect the environment and improve gas mileage, which will save money.
Here are five ways to make your family’s car more eco-friendly, regardless of the make, model or year. Help it last longer, and reduce air pollution, by sharing these tips with your family:
Purchase eco-friendly tires. Many name-brand tire companies have developed eco-friendly tires that can reduce carbon emissions.
Keep tires inflated. Under-inflated tires are less “round” and require more energy to begin moving and to maintain speed. Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly to get better mileage, reduce fuel costs and emissions.
Get regular tune-ups. Car maintenance helps keep it running smoothly and can help boost gas mileage, which helps your family save money on gas by not having to fill up as often.
Use the car wash. Washing your family’s car at home might seem like the greener option, but it’s actually one of the most environmentally unfriendly things you can do. Water that runs off the car can be loaded with gas, oil and residue that can be harmful to the environment. Encourage your parents to take the car to a local car wash instead. The car wash has special equipment to reduce the amount of water that’s used, and many of them recycle the water.
Carpool. Another way to make your car more eco-friendly is to share it with others by carpooling with a friend or neighbor to school or other activities.
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