Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, improve your resale value - up to 50% longer - according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians.
The tips in this brochure should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.
A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
Check your tires for proper inflation. Underinflation wastes fuel - your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear of vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
Every ten days, motorists who drive with
under-inflated tires and poorly maintained
engines waste 70 million gallons of gasoline.
- Car Care Council
Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician who has been certified to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs - gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leak out, but the majority escape during service and repair so it's important to choose a qualified technician.
Dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/ coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or antifreeze on the ground or in open streams.
Each year twenty times the amount of oil spilled
by the tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska is improperly
dumped into America's environment by do-ityourselfers.
- Automotive Information Council
Gas mileage degreases sharply above 55 mph or 95 kph.
Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stopand- go's. Use your cruise control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to warm up quickly, so forget about those long warm-ups on cold winter mornings.
Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage. Store luggage/cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions. Join a car pool.
Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of. Many of these items haveall have serious impacts on the environment.