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Countdown to Earth Day: What does it mean to be green?

The word "green" in the transport context has been tossed around quite a bit over the years and has garnered for itself a host of connotations, some of them negative. There are people who might conjure up images of unwashed hippies in a 30 year-old biodiesel rust bucket when they think of green car, but others might imagine smug-looking suburbanite Prius drivers. As we approach th

Countdown to Earth Day: Need tires? Save fuel with low-rolling resistance tires

Let's say that your vehicle's tires are nearing the end of their useful life. Looks like you're in need of standard replacement tires then, right? Well, instead of opting for a conventional tire you could save fuel by picking up a set of low-rolling resistance tires.

Countdown to Earth Day: Wanna save gas? Here's how!

Everybody wants to save gas, right? Well, if you're one of the countless drivers looking to slash your fuel consumption, then you've come to the right place 'cause we've got some tips that should boost your vehicles miles per gallon.

Countdown to Earth Day: What's up with this ethanol in gasoline?

When gassing up your vehicle, you've likely noticed a sticker on the pump that reads "this fuel may contain up to ten percent ethanol" or something similar. Have you ever asked yourself, "what's up with this ethanol in gasoline?" Well, get ready 'cause we've dug up an answer.

Countdown to Earth Day: PHEV? BEV? E85? What's with all the acronyms?

Deciphering the meaning of automotive acronyms can be complicated. To alleviate confusion, we've compiled this condensed list of some acronyms associated with the types of vehicles that you'll encounter when perusing the AutoblogGreen site:

Countdown to Earth Day: Keeping tires properly inflated improves gas mileage by 3.3%

Keep your tires properly inflated. That's what the Environmental Protection Agency keeps telling us. Did you know that under-inflated tires require more energy to roll? This not only wastes fuel, but wears tires out more quickly, eventually requiring costly replacements. Furthermore, under-inflated tires can heat up excessively, leading to a possible blowout.

Countdown to Earth Day: Here's why your vehicle's gas mileage drops in cold weather

Driving in the dead of winter is harsh on a vehicle, and many of you have undoubtedly noticed that your fuel economy suffers as temps dip. In practice, gas mileage drops approximately 10 percent when temps go from cozy (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit) to bitter cold (less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit). But why does the weather affect the gas mileage of your vehicle?

Countdown to Earth Day: What to consider when buying a green car

They may not be dominating American roads (or any roads in the world, except for slot-car race tracks), but new electric vehicles are adding one more option to a growing list of potential "green" vehicles on every car buyer's shopping list. Like changing your incandescent light bulb for a compact fluorescent light bulb, the benefits of exchanging an inefficient gas guzzler for a high-mile

Sure, it's Earth Day, but what else do you know about April 22?

Here's a list of dozens of things that happened on April 22 in past year that (mostly) bear no relation to Earth Day. It was the 19th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet in 1145, for example, and the Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began in 1954. Wikipedia's list