Eco-Friendly Driving Tips
By: Good2GoPublished: September 7, 2016
It seems that certain trends come into our lives with no warning and leave just the same. From Crocs™ to MYSPACE® to Silly Bandz™, some of these fads swept the nation just to fall off the map soon after. While it’s safe to say most of us are glad these trends didn’t stand the test of time (ahem, breakaway pants), others we are genuinely sad to see go. Fortunately, saving the environment and eco-consciousness has been a huge trend these past few years, and hopefully it’s here to stay. People are ditching their McMansions for tiny houses, composting their trash, and driving more eco-friendly cars. Even Leonardo DiCaprio is rockin’ a Prius these days.
One easy way you can do your part is to make sure you’re practicing ways you can be a more eco-friendly driver. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Although this tip is obvious to most, walking is the most efficient way to reduce your carbon footprint. If your destination is less than a mile away, lace up those kicks and get walking! When there are fewer cars on the road, there is less pollution being created. Walking can help you save money and get exercise, too, making it a true win for all. If your situation prevents you from walking, consider carpooling with a coworker or neighbor.
Lighten Your Load
What’s in your backseat right now? Everything from empty water bottles to the bags of clothes you’ve been planning to donate is making your car less aerodynamic. Everything in your car uses fuel to move, so the more you pack into it the more gas you are using to travel anywhere. Consider keeping only things that are necessary to drive, like a roadside emergency kit. If your car has a roof rack, it’s a good idea to remove it whenever you’re not using it, since it’ll only add weight and surface resistance to your car.
Keep up with Routine Maintenance
When your car is running smoothly, it’ll reduce the amount of fuel you’re using. It’s important to consistently keep your tires inflated, regularly check your exhaust and emissions, and your oil levels. You should also check to see if your vehicle can use synthetic oil, since it can reduce wear and increase gas mileage.
Turn your car off when you can. A good rule of thumb is to turn your car off if you know you’ll be sitting for more than 10 seconds, unless you’re sitting in traffic. Idling creates pollution by using up your gas – meaning it also costs you money. Next time you’re waiting outside a friend’s house, consider turning the car off to save yourself a few bucks.
Speeding is dangerous to yourself and other drivers. It’s also a great way to waste a lot of money, since gas mileage rapidly declines above 60mph. Save yourself the stress (and a potential ticket) by slowing down.
We’ve only got one planet to live on, which is why it’s so important to take as many steps as possible to avoid negatively impacting our environment. While many car manufacturers are developing eco-friendly cars, we can help by being conscious of our driving. Not to mention, all of these tips help save you money in the long run. Good2Go can also help you save money with our low down payments and inexpensive monthly premiums. Get a free quote in less than a minute at Good2Go.com.