It’s no secret that the more advanced we’ve become the more damage we’re doing to our environment. The way we move from one place to another in particular has had a negative impact on our natural surroundings. There are more cars on the road than ever before which is adding to the problem.
This damage is becoming more obvious. It’s forcing increased numbers of people to act in a more responsible way so that future generations will live relatively normal lives without having to exist in a polluted world, where fresh air is a thing of the past. Laziness and a lack of education about this serious issue has resulted in millions of motorists contributing to the problem. However, there are many simple, yet effective ways to reduce your car’s impact on the environment.
Many car owners are not familiar with how their car works or how to keep it maintained. To make matters worse, garages and mechanics charge huge fees to carry out work that’s often not that complicated. In many cases, a simple part may need to be replaced or adjusted. However, many garages and mechanics still charge premium rates for this simple work. This is off-putting for car owners and their car may not be running as efficiently as it should. This could lead to emissions problems and other issues that have a negative effect on our environment.
In recent years many motorists have taken matters into their own hands. The first step is to learn more about what lies beneath the hood of your car. A range of OBD and OBD2 reader software applications are available that detect any problems with your car’s engine and its emissions. If a problem exists such as the check engine light appearing, you can deal with it before it becomes more serious.
A car diagnostics solution like TOAD (Total OBD and ECU Auto Diagnostics) is designed to detect car problems. If it identifies an issue, the user is then notified about what actions to take. All of this software is downloadable and can be controlled through a laptop.
Change your Driving Habits
Changing the way you drive can reduce the damage caused to the environment by your car. The more you drive, the more you should take note of how you drive.
Stick to the speed limit as you drive. Avoid driving in an aggressive manner. If you drive on highways on a regular basis, use cruise control so that you drive at a more consistent speed which reduces the amount of gas, diesel or petrol you waste each day.
Maintain your Vehicle on a Regular Basis
A poorly maintained car gives off more emissions, releasing more pollutants into the atmosphere. This is a problem you can easily avoid. You only need basic skills to keep your car running smoothly. These are some simple ways you can achieve this:
- Frequently change your car’s oil.
- Use the correct fuel grade.
- Check and repair damage to other features of your car such as the exhaust.
- Make sure your car’s tires are inflated properly.
- Check the manufacturers guidelines for the best ways to maintain your car.
Change the Way You Work and Communicate with Others
We’ve never been as connected as we are now, thanks to the latest technological developments. These changes have had an impact on all areas of our lives including the way we work. There are many professions that could use these technologies to reduce our dependence on our cars.
Working from home and using teleconferencing systems can drastically reduce the amount of time we spend in our cars. More businesses are realizing this. More people than ever are telecommuting or work from home some of the time which reduces car usage.
Use Other Methods of Transport
For many people, their car is their prized possession. However, there are other ways to travel. Short distance trips in particular don’t require the use of a car. You should consider walking or cycling when taking these short trips. For longer journeys, it’s been proven that public transport produces less harmful emissions per passenger than privately owned vehicles.
Reduce the Weight in your Car
The heavier your car is, the more pressure it puts on the engine and you waste more fuel. Many car owners don’t realize this. They’re unaware of the extra pressure they are applying to their car. Take out any items you don’t need in your trunk. A roof rack or roof-top cargo box constantly loaded with heavy items also takes its toll. A heavy roof rack or roof-top cargo box also affect the aerodynamics of a car, leading to more drag which wastes even more fuel. If it’s not needed, remove this feature from your car.
Be Prepared for Different Temperatures
There are many ways to reduce your cars fuel consumption and emissions when you’re driving in cold and hot weather conditions.
When it’s cold, your car consumes more fuel. Keeping your car in a warm location so the engine isn’t too cold when you start it and regularly checking tire pressure are just some measures you can take to prevent unnecessary fuel wastage when it’s cold.
In warm conditions, your car is more fuel-efficient. However, there are still ways you can make it even more efficient. Closing windows to avoid drag, using air conditioning only when its necessary and driving more efficiently are just some of the ways you can conserve fuel in hot conditions.
You don’t have to make drastic changes in your life to reduce your cars impact on the environment. If everyone made some of these simple changes, we could ensure that our planet is a safe and healthy place to live in for many generations to come.