If you’re a car owner, there’s no reason why you should leave your green sensibilities behind when you put your hands on your steering wheel. Unfortunately, we live in a world where car ownership in vast areas of the country is almost compulsory, so car ownership might be necessary for you. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can take steps to reduce your carbon footprint and generally lead a cleaner driving lifestyle. Here are 4 ways to improve your green-factor.
4 – Reduce the Weight
Cars are sources of pollution because they emit gasses into the air as a result of burning fuel. Petrol and diesel are burnt in order to increase the energy potential in the engine which propels the mass of the car forward, but the greater the mass, the more energy there need to be to move the car. This means that if your car boot is full of stuff, you should probably empty it out because this will save you money in fuel, and reduce your pollution levels.
3 – Damage Management
If you’ve ever written off a car, you can know how expensive the process of repair can be. Unfortunately, large problems like this are also bad news for the environment as the equipment used to fix them are energy inefficient, and even some industrial paints are damaging. Therefore, minimise damage in any way you can – by following safe road practices, and by having a good insurer like AXA so that when a problem does emerge, you can repair it inexpensively before it becomes a large issue.
2 – Expert Engine Tuning
Experts suggest that having your car’s engine professionally tuned can improve your car’s mileage by up to 40%, meaning that per mile, your car will put less out into the atmosphere. It might be a costly service to pay for up front, but if you intend on having your car for a number of years, you will easily make the money back on your petrol savings.
1 – Car Sharing
If you work in a large office or know you live nearby some of your colleagues, there’s no better way to be a greener driver than by starting a car share scheme. Your sharers will likely contribute to the petrol, and you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve reduced the number of cars on the road.