These days, the focus is on going green. Whether it is your car, home, office or your neighbourhood, the spotlight is on becoming environment-friendly. Global warming and other threats are looming ahead of us like never before. It is no wonder then that celebrities like movie star Leonardo DiCaprio are using platforms like the Academy Awards (popularly known as Oscar) to bring our attention to it.
As a common citizen, one of the ways in which we can contribute to the cause of environment is by making our cars greener. However much we try, we may not be able to get rid of the car completely. So, the next best thing is to ensure that our vehicles are not contributing to the carbon footprint. Here are some simple tips to help you in that goal.
Regular service – Most of us go slack on car service once the free service schedule ends. After that, you take your car to the service station only when it develops some problem that requires expert care. However, experts suggest that you get your car serviced at regular intervals. It would make sure that the engine performance is at prime, tyres are properly inflated, parts such as air filters are replaced and much more. Through regular service, you will change your cars fluids regularly and ensure that the car is in excellent condition. This reduces emissions, optimises fuel consumption and eliminates the need for costly repairs. So, never miss the date with your service centre again.
Don’t change cars frequently – You might be someone who loves to buy a new car as soon as it hits the road. However, it helps the environment if you keep your current car longer and refrain from buying new cars every few months. A little care can go a long way in extending the life of your current vehicle. You’ll save many dollars on EMIs and insurance too. This would mean less pressure on both the environment and your pockets.
Recycle/reuse – This, again, is a focal point in going green. You should either recycle or properly dispose of motor oils, batteries, tyres, car fluids and other parts so that you don’t contribute to the waste. Even if you are selling your old car as scrap, make sure that none of the parts would cause harm to the environment. Give your car only to an authorised treatment facility to be scrapped.
Re-power – Sometimes your engine would show serious troubles. In such cases, find out if re-powering the engine can solve the problem. A re-manufactured/rebuilt engine will give a new life to your car. It also means that you will get a well performing, fuel-efficient car for a price as little as the cost of an average down payment on a new car.
In short, going green with your car is just as easy as being car care aware. Until you get a truly green car, such as an electric or hybrid car, undertake basic vehicle maintenance to protect the environment and to enjoy the additional benefit of improved fuel economy.