Since this blog is all about education and how to lead healthier and less environmentally impactful lives while still enjoying the creature comforts I thought that the last of the trilogy post of the future of fuels should end with some simple tips to save fuel. To read part 1 and part 2 of this trilogy, click on the links to take you to the posts from the past 2 days. My thinking goes something like this....many illnesses are caused by environmental exposure to toxins (petroleum products are a huge part of this exposure), if we take conscious effort to reduce exposure we will ultimately help both the earth, ourselves and our loved ones. Since every little bit counts, learning how to drive to save fuel ultimately goes a long way to reduce CO2 output since we all don't have hydrogen or solar powered cars.
If you start implementing these behaviors now. Over the lifetime of your current car, without buying a hybrid you can start today on helping reduce emissions. Maybe even more importantly for some people these behaviors should reduce the frequency of gas station visits for fill-ups.
- Even acceleration from a stop is a great fuel saver. A corollary to this is to apply even pressure on the gas pedal. Few people realize that they do a lot of pumping the gas pedal. This pumping action puts more wear and tear on your car as well as reduce fuel efficiency.
- Check your tire pressure. Under inflated tires are both a road hazard as well as a fuel consumer. There is more power that is needed for the car to overcome the squishiness of the tires. Keep your tires rotated and know the manufacturer's recommended pressure for the tires on your car.
- Regular tune-ups and scheduled maintenance will keep your car efficient. Replacing faulty oxygen sensors can improve fuel efficiency by 40%.
- Replace air filters regularly. This can increase your mileage by 10%.
- When driving on the highway, keep windows rolled up to reduce drag on the car. The more aerodynamic your car is, the less fuel it takes to get your car to go.
If you do these simple techniques you'll start to find that your well maintained car will consume less fuel and in turn emit less pollution than before.Share on Facebook