Happy Earth Day! No, that doesn’t mean we take time out of our schedules to acknowledge we live on the planet Earth. Instead, it lets us take a moment to examine our lives to see if we can do a solid for the environment by making our routines a little more Earth friendly.
There are plenty of ways we can make small, effective changes to our driving habits to reduce our strain on the planet. The good news is that what’s good for the planet when it comes to driving may also be good for your wallet.
As for green driving habits, improving your fuel economy is the name of the game. We’ve included our popular Fuel Economy Myths video above, along with a few ways you can improve your gas mileage and your eco-friendliness on the road:
- Carpooling – According to the most recent census, more than 76 percent of commuters drive solo. If you have a co-worker who lives near you, think about starting a carpool. You can save money, reduce emissions and possibly gain a friend (or at least a conversation partner on the way to the office).
- Check Those Tires – Not only is driving on under- or overinflated tires potentially dangerous, it’s also costing you money. Make sure your tires are inflated to the specifications listed in your owner’s manual. Underinflated tires are especially bad for fuel economy. An underinflated tire means more friction on the road. More friction means your engine has to work harder and burn more fuel.
- Remove Excess Weight – Chances are there’s some stuff in your trunk or cargo area that doesn’t need to be there. Removing it means removing unneeded weight. The engine won’t have to work as hard, which means you won’t have to use as much gas. Maybe it’s time to take those golf clubs out of the trunk? Every little bit helps.
- Forget the Lead Foot – One of the most effective things you can do to drive more efficiently (and thus more environmentally minded) is to take notice of your driving habits. Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually to help optimize your fuel economy.
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