Make your car a lean, green machine

July 16th, 2012 by

Most of us understand the importance of living “green,” and as drivers, there are plenty of things we can do to be kind to Mother Earth, too. Take these simple steps, and you’ll be driving a leaner, greener car in no time!

Go easy. Aggressive driving, complete with lots of starts and stops, can wreak havoc on your fuel economy and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your car. Take it easy when you hit the road!

Check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires cause a decrease in fuel economy, so it’s a good idea to check your tire pressure about once a month. Find your car’s optimal tire pressure in your owner’s manual or on the inside of your driver’s side door.

Lighten your load. Carrying excess weight is another way to decrease your fuel economy. If you do have to haul a big load, try to limit the amount of time the heavy items are in your vehicle.

Plan ahead. Consolidate trips. Start at one end of town and work your way to the other. This is good for your car, and it will help you save time, too!

Crank your gas cap. A loose or missing gas cap can cause gasoline to evaporate. Prevent an unnecessary loss of gas by giving your gas cap an extra twist or two every time you fill up!