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Making your Existing Car Greener

Driving the eco-friendly way

Whatever your lifestyle needs, it’s always a good idea to try and be a little greener. If everyone makes a few small changes, the effects could be quite significant. When it comes to driving, it isn’t practical for everyone to take public transportation or swap their car for a bicycle, and buying a new car to cut your carbon emissions isn’t the most affordable option. Instead today we will be looking at small things you can do to make your own car a little bit greener.

The easiest thing you can do in this effort is just to make sure that your tyres are properly inflated. If you do this, it will save you fuel (and some money) as well. Try to inflate your tyres around once a month.

Many drivers nowadays think of speed limits of more of a suggestion – we’re sure you’ve seen them zooming by you on the highway. The bad news for them is that driving faster uses more fuel, so slow down a bit, save fuel and be proud of yourself for contributing to a better environment.

Have a big bakkie or SUV that hardly ever leaves the confines of the city, let alone the tar roads? You might want to check what kind of tyres you have. Unless you’re doing off-roading, it’s a good idea to switch to a different tyre. The tread on an on-road tyre looks different to that of an off-road and/or all-terrain tyre, so pick the one best suited to your driving needs to reduce your car’s fuel usage. We’re not suggesting that you run out and spend thousands on new tyres, but keep this in mind next time you need new tyres.

On a hot summer’s day, it’s worth refueling early in the morning or late in the afternoon/evening when it is less hot. Extreme heat can lead to evaporation and cost you more money. To combat fuel evaporation during hot days, you should also try to park under cover whenever possible and make sure that your fuel cap is secured tightly.

Next time you do an oil change, use synthetic oil. Synthetic oils tend to last longer than conventional oils, offer better protection and help your engine run smoother.

If you live near a colleague or have friends/family who work near you, it might be worth carpooling with them. Running one car instead of two greatly reduces your contribution to pollution.

Finally, make a point of checking your filters often. Clogged air filters can choke off the air in your engine and can lead to your engine losing power. Replacing damaged and clogged air filters will enhance your car’s performance greatly.

These are just a few ideas that you can try to make your driving a little greener. Added benefit: you can save money on fuel too.