If we’re going to drive (which most of us do), we might as well make it as environmentally friendly and fuel efficient as possible. No matter what make, model, or year vehicle you have, you can always make it greener. Here are a few ideas to make your vehicle more fuel efficient, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint:
- Replacing your air filter can improve your gas mileage as much as 10%.
- Using the correct motor oil grade can increase efficiency by 1-2%.
- Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage up to 3%.
- Properly tuning your car can increase efficiency by about 4%.
- Observing the speed limit can increase gas mileage by 7-23%.
- Rapid acceleration and braking can reduce gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in town.
- An extra 100 lbs. of weight in your car will reduce gas mileage by 1-2%.
- Removing roof racks and containers when not in use can increase gas mileage 1-5%.
- Avoid excess idling.
- Use cruise control when appropriate.
- Use overdrive gears.
- And, oh yeah… drive less when possible!
For more interesting facts, figures, and fun about green motoring and green cars check out the new KBB Green section on the Kelley Blue Book (the U.S.’ largest automotive vehicle valuation company) website, or The United States Department of Energy’s website, Yahoo also has a list of the 100 top green cars as does GreenerCars.org (just the top fuel-efficient cars, not top 100!).