You have probably heard time and again that cars are bad for the environment. This is true, but it is also true that they are a sort of a necessary evil. Still, there are things you can do to minimize the negative effects of your car on the environment. Here are some of those helpful measures:
Increase Your Mpg
The primary reason cars are bad for the environment is due to the fuel they consume. Mining and refining fossil fuel fouls up the environment, and the emissions your car produce also pollute the environment. The more fuel your car consumes the more it fouls up the environment. This means improving your mpg is not only good for your pocket; it is also good for the environment. You can improve mpg by:
- Ensuring the tires are properly inflated
- Avoiding roof racks
- Avoiding sudden stops and accelerations
- Ensuring the car is properly maintained
Don't Top the Tank All the Time
Topping the gas tank all the time might seem like a smart idea, but it isn't good for the environment. This is because modern cars have an emission canister built into them, and topping off the gas tank fills up the canister and renders it useless. The canister is meant to capture raw fuel evaporating from the fuel system, but it won't be able to do this if it is contaminated with fuel.
Conduct Regular Servicing
Another way in which cars pollute the environment is connected to the number of car parts that must be regularly replaced. Such parts include tires, wipers, fluids (such as oil), filters, timing belt, and spark plugs, among others. Many of these parts end up in landfills or carelessly discarded where they can harm plants and animals. By ensuring that your car is properly maintained, you will prolong the lives of your car parts for as long as possible, thereby minimizing their effect on the environment.
Ensure the Sensors Are Working
Modern cars are fitted with a plethora of sensors. There are sensors that alert you if something is wrong, sensors that ensure the engine is working properly, sensors whose feedback is used to control emissions, and sensors that keep you safe on the road. If you have a relatively modern car, ensure that all these sensors are always working to minimize frequent breakdowns, limit emissions, and ensure the engine isn't given more load than it can handle.
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