Petrol burned for fuel is the main cause of carbon dioxide buildup in the environment. As individuals, there is a lot we can do to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we produce.
Follow these ten steps for cleaner, greener driving:
Reduce Your Load
Don't drive with a bunch of stuff you don't need. It takes extra fuel to move that stuff around.
Idling wastes petrol. It burns fuel without you moving anywhere. Try not to let your car idle to reduce the pollutants your car is releasing into the air.
Coast to Stops
Try not to rush down to a light where your car sits in idle. Not only will you waste petrol getting there; you will waste it sitting there.
Consider Switching to Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)
LPG releases a third less carbon dioxide into the air than regular petrol, and almost half less than diesel. Look into getting a tank installed that will allow you to run your car on this environmentally friendly fuel.
Monitor Your Tyres
Tyres that are underinflated can reduce your car's fuel efficiency by 2% or more. Consider checking your tyres every two weeks to make sure you are not burning more petrol than you need to.
Avoid Quick Acceleration
Getting up to speed quickly after stopping uses a lot more fuel than accelerating slowly. Don't rush to resume your speed.
Aerodynamics Are Your Friend
Windows up, drivers! That goes for sunroofs, too. Having the windows down increases the drag on the car, meaning more fuel is being burned to get the car going and keep it going.
Clean or Replace the Air Filter
Try not to drive with a dirty filter. A dirty filter can mean a 10% reduction in your car's fuel efficiency. It is a quick, easy, and cheap job to do, so no excuses here.
Avoid Air Conditioning
Air conditioning can also burn fuel, so avoid using it when possible. If you must have circulation, evaluate based on speed. Under 35 mph, use windows; over, go with air conditioning.
We know you did not want to hear this one. But the easiest way to burn less fuel and be gentler with the environment is to drive less. We know you have to drive for some things, but cutting out unnecessary trips will really help.
It would be great if we could all follow each of these tips, but it is probably not that easy. Just incorporating one or two will help you to reduce your carbon footprint.