Top 7 Ways To Make Your Car More Eco Friendly

November 17th, 2008 BY jennl | 4 Comments

1. Replace Air Filter Regularly

Replacing
a clogged air filter in your car can improve your car’s gas mileage
by as much as 10%. What the air filter in your car does is it keeps
impurities from damaging the inside of your car’s engine. So, what
does this mean? It means that by replacing your air filter when it
needs to be changed will help cut down on the use of gas it needs by
up to 10% as well as helping to protect the engine in your car.

2. Use the Correct Motor Oil Grade

Using
the correct grade of motor oil in your car can increase efficiency by
up to 2%. If you user the incorrect grade of motor oil that should be
used in your specific type of car then it can actually lower your gas
mileage up to 2%. A good tip is to look for motor oil that says
“Energy Conserving” on the bottle, though this isn’t very easy to
find, so best of luck to you.

3. Keeping Your Tires Properly
Inflated

By
keeping your tires properly inflated with the proper amount of
pressure for your tires you can improve gas mileage up to 3%, which
means less gas is consumed. Properly inflated tires do not only
improve gas mileage up to 3% but also are much safer and last longer.

4. Wash Your Car the Eco Way

When
washing your car there is a way to go eco-friendly believe it or not.
You can make your own biodegradable car washing soap by mixing
together 1 cup of eco-friendly liquid dish soap, ¾ cup
eco-friendly powder laundry detergent, and 3 gallons of water. Use
this eco-friendly soap combination to wash your car.

5. Natural Car Air Freshener

This
wonderful project is by Elizabeth Seward:

“First you need some old fabric.
Think about the clothes you no longer wear and towels and blankets
you no longer use. If you’re not inclined to sewing, you can simply
cut out the shape you want from the fabric. Cut out two of whatever
shape you choose. Glue these shapes down to some cardboard (think
cardboard from old shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc.). You should make
the cardboard the same shape and size as the fabric pieces. After
this is done, you can decorate how you wish. Add sequin, other layers
of fabric, paint, etc. When you’re totally completed, soak the fabric
with your favorite essential oil to your liking. These oils are
incredibly strong, so be cautious at first. The beautiful thing? When
the scent starts to run out, all you have to do is drop some more oil
onto the fabric.”

6. Avoid Excess Idling

Idling gets 0 miles per gallon
of gas. Over 30 seconds of idling in your car can use a lot more gas
than restarting the engine in your car. Try not to idle as often as
possible so that you reduce the use of fuel.

7. Observe Speed Limits

By observing the speed limit you
can increase your gas mileage up to 23% depending on how fast you
drive now. Not only does it help to conserve gas but it is also much
safer to drive the speed limit rather than to go over the speed
limit. Over 42,000 people die every year due to traffic crashes in
our nation. That doesn’t include those who were just injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 –
33.