I think that most of us want to make a difference and save some pollution to our planet. The problem comes when we look inside our wallets and we realize that we can't really buy a car now. While tips on green driving aren't a new thing here at AutoblogGreen, it's always a good thing to have a list. Sometimes, we can even learn a thing or two:
- Be light on the gas and gentle on the brake.
- Don't accelerate too much at speeds between 55 and 75 mph.
- Choose the right oil. Only products marked with the symbol "ECII" by the American Society of Testing Materials is guaranteed to be energy-conserving (remember to check for the right viscosity).
- Lose some weight in your car: get rid of all that unnecessary clutter in your trunk. Forbes even quotes our own Sebastian Blanco about keeping the gas tank half full.
- If you feel geeky and have some pocket money, buy a Scangauge, which is plugged into the On-Board Diagnostic port and keeps track of your car's fuel usage (keep this in mind, though).
- Make your car more aerodynamic - Nope, don't buy that spoiler, just remove your ski or other roof rack. Something people in my area tend to ignore because it shows a certain status.
- Replace/keep clean air filters.
- Keep the car's wheels aligned.
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Keep the engine tuned-up so a malfunction of the injection (or maybe even carburettor) won't harm your car's performance and emissions.