Top 7 Ways To Make Your Car More Eco Friendly

MHUB - November 17, 2014

1. Replace Air Filter Regularly Replacing a clogged air filter in your car can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10%. What the air filter in your car does is it keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your car's engine. So, what does this mean? It means that by replacing your air filter when it needs to be changed will help cut down on the use of gas it needs by up to 10% as well as helping to protect the engine in your car. 2. Use the Correct Motor Oil Grade Using the correct grade of motor oil in your car can increase efficiency by up to 2%. If you user the incorrect grade of motor oil that should be used in your specific type of car then it can actually lower your gas mileage up to 2%. A good tip is to look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the bottle, though this isn't very easy to find, so best of luck to you. 3. Keeping Your Tires Properly Inflated By keeping your tires properly inflated with the proper amount of pressure for your tires you can improve gas mileage up to 3%, which means less gas is consumed. Properly inflated tires do not only improve gas mileage up to 3% but also are much safer and last longer. 4. Wash Your Car the Eco Way When washing your car there is a way to go eco-friendly believe it or not. You can make your own biodegradable car washing soap by mixing together 1 cup of eco-friendly liquid dish soap, ¾ cup eco-friendly powder laundry detergent, and 3 gallons of water. Use this eco-friendly soap combination to wash your car. 5. Natural Car Air Freshener This wonderful project is by Elizabeth Seward: “First you need some old fabric. Think about the clothes you no longer wear and towels and blankets you no longer use. If you're not inclined to sewing, you can simply cut out the shape you want from the fabric. Cut out two of whatever shape you choose. Glue these shapes down to some cardboard (think cardboard from old shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc.). You should make the cardboard the same shape and size as the fabric pieces. After this is done, you can decorate how you wish. Add sequin, other layers of fabric, paint, etc. When you're totally completed, soak the fabric with your favorite essential oil to your liking. These oils are incredibly strong, so be cautious at first. The beautiful thing? When the scent starts to run out, all you have to do is drop some more oil onto the fabric.” 6. Avoid Excess Idling Idling gets 0 miles per gallon of gas. Over 30 seconds of idling in your car can use a lot more gas than restarting the engine in your car. Try not to idle as often as possible so that you reduce the use of fuel. 7. Observe Speed Limits By observing the speed limit you can increase your gas mileage up to 23% depending on how fast you drive now. Not only does it help to conserve gas but it is also much safer to drive the speed limit rather than to go over the speed limit. Over 42,000 people die every year due to traffic crashes in our nation. That doesn't include those who were just injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 – 33.