Perhaps one day, all cars may be electric, but for now, you can still make your car a little friendlier for the environment. If this is important to you, then read on. Whether you have a Honda or any other car, there are steps you can take to make it more eco-friendly. There may be some sacrifices, but it should not be too much of a problem for someone wishing to play their part in making a positive change for the planet. Here are some tips to help you on your way.
1. Check Tire Pressure
You may be wondering what this has to do with anything about the environment. Well, firstly, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure anyway. Not everyone does this as regularly as they should. However, here’s the thing; a fully-inflated tire rolls very well and an under-inflated tire does not. This means that your engine is put under more pressure to work a little bit harder in order to compensate. As a result, your car will burn more fuel. Maintaining proper tire pressure is easy and helps with your own fuel economy. They also last longer, so less tires end up in the landfill.
2. Air Conditioning
Alright, this may sound a little controversial, but at the same time, use your discretion. Have you ever noticed that when you turn on your car air conditioner, the engine sort of surges? Well, turning it on puts a strain on the car’s electrical system and as a result, the engine has to work harder. If the engine does this, more fuel is consumed.
On a hot summer day, it can be really tempting to turn on the air conditioner. Obviously, the alternative is to roll down your windows, however, if you happen to have someone really old or pets in the car, especially dogs, then perhaps on these occasions, turn on the air conditioner, but otherwise, roll your windows down.
3. The Emissions System
The emissions system is responsible for cleaning and reducing exhaust fumes. This system is obviously a complex one, so if any part has a problem, greenhouse gases will increase. Luckily, your car has a warning signal that lets you know if something is not quite right, in which case, the sooner you check it, the better.
4. Extra Weight
A car works harder the more it weighs and yes, you guessed it; more fuel is burned. So, if you have lots of heavy objects in your car, unless you actually need to take it with you, unload it. Yes, sometimes you do need to transport heavy loads and while this cannot be helped, some people just leave this heavy load and take it with them everywhere even though it is no longer required.
5. Driving Smarter
The way you drive can make a difference. Aggressive driving and rapid acceleration makes the car burn more fuel. If you have a clear road, use cruise control so that you’re driving at a steady pace with very little need for rapid acceleration or deceleration.
With a few changes, you can play your part for the environment by making your car more eco-friendly. If everyone did this, it would make an unimaginable difference for the better.