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Last Updated on by Noni May

It is more important than ever to do what we can to help to reduce carbon emissions. When it comes to our cars, they are a necessity to get us to and from work and for running errands when we need them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be as green as possible while running a vehicle. 

Even if you can’t afford a brand new electric car, there are some things that you can do to make your car as eco-friendly as possible. 

Rethink your fuel choices 

All cars need fuel to run. It’s like trying to survive for too long without water- once we run out, our organs shut down, and then it’s bad news.
The problem is, fuel is toxic to the environment, especially once it leaves your exhaust pipe. Thankfully, companies like Red Diesel fuel are committed to doing their bit to help the environment. They aim to help people to reduce their carbon emissions by making their fuel by processing recycled oils such as cooking and vegetable oils that would otherwise be wasted. 

So if you can’t choose to leave your car at home, at least be more conscious about how you fuel its engine. 

Buy eco-friendly tires 

Eco-friendly tires are made from synthetic rubber, which is an environmentally safer material. Unlike traditional tires, they feature improved rolling resistance that helps to boost gas mileage and, therefore, reduce carbon emissions. 

It’s important to keep on top of your tire pressure, too. An under-inflated tire is much less efficient than one that is inflated properly. 

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Get your car tuned-up regularly 

In addition to keeping an eye on your tires, your whole car should be maintained regularly. Doing so will keep it running smoothly and more efficiently. Getting your car tuned regularly can boost your gas mileage by up to 4%. If your car has serious undetected maintenance issues like a faulty oxygen sensor, getting it fixed can improve fuel efficiency by around 40%.


Skip Curbside washing 

You may think that handwashing your car is the way to go to keep it looking sparkly without using so much water. However, while it may save pennies, going through an automated carwash uses significantly less water than you would washing by hand. 

In addition, the water used to hand wash cars will run off your car, filled with oil, gasoline, and exhaust residue will go straight down the drain and make its way to natural water sources. So not only will you be using more water by hand washing your car, but you could also be further damaging ecosystems. Carwashes will typically collect their water and clean it to use for the next vehicle, too. 

Take someone along for the ride 

Share your ride with others if you want to help reduce your carbon footprint. You can get together with coworkers who live nearby and cut your carbon emissions through your commute by half if you chop and change who drives the car each day.
The less you use your car, the fewer issues you’re likely to run into with its general use- so everyone’s a winner. 

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