Green Driving Tips for a Happy Earth Day

Green Driving Tips to Save Money and the EnvironmentEarth Day is just a couple of days away, and here at Hanner Chevrolet, we’re reminded to be more mindful of our environment. People always encourage one another to “go green” by becoming more aware of energy conservation, recycling, and taking better care of our planet. As a car dealership, Earth Day serves as a reminder for us to spread our knowledge about the benefits of green driving. Not only will the environment thank you, but your wallet will thank you as well.

Obviously, the most effective way to practice green driving is to purchase a car prized for its fuel efficiency. If you’re in the market for one, we can certainly help you get behind the wheel of a real gas sipper like the Chevy Spark which gets an EPA-estimated 39 miles per gallon highway.

However, if you’re partial to your big truck or SUV, that doesn’t mean all is lost for you when it comes to fuel economy. Check out some of our green driving tips:

Be a good driver.

Now, we understand the frustrations of a daily commute. Traffic is annoying, and other drivers can be less than agreeable on the roads. Being strapped for time can easily turn a normally careful driver into a speed demon, but for the sake of your safety and your fuel economy, do not fall into this trap. Driving at a consistent speed (think cruise control), accelerating slowly and steadily, and anticipating stops as opposed to braking abruptly are all smart driving practices that will help you improve your vehicle’s fuel economy potential, no matter what you drive. Improved fuel economy means fewer trips to the gas station and less negative impact on our environment.

Consider your commute.

If you’re spending a lot of time in traffic each day on your way to and from work (and wasting precious gas, money, and time in the process), there are several options you should consider. If your job offers flexible hours, think about starting your work day a little earlier or working later to avoid rush hour traffic time. Are there alternate routes that would result in less time spent idling in traffic jams? Never underestimate the power of the buddy system. Carpooling is a great way to save money and save the environment from harmful emissions; plus, riding with friends is always more fun than riding by yourself!

Keep your car in tip-top shape.

Green driving isn’t just about how and when you drive. Your car’s fuel economy also depends on your attention to its maintenance. Keep your car up-to-date on routine maintenance like oil changes. Just as importantly, make sure your tires are properly inflated; this will help ensure your safety, and it will boost your vehicle’s efficiency. Not only should you make sure your car is well cared-for, but you should also keep it clean. No, we don’t mean getting weekly car washes. We mean lessening your load. Unless you’re golfing every single day, you really don’t need to carry your clubs in your trunk every day. Rid your car of unnecessary weight because every additional 100 lbs. you keep in your vehicle can result in a 2 percent loss in fuel economy.

Check out some more of our helpful hints for improved efficiency.┬áDo you have any great green driving tips that have helped you improve your car’s fuel economy? Share them with us in the comments!

 

 

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