Car owners can contribute to the green practice by making a few ‘earth-friendly’ car care habits, note the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It all comes down to scheduled maintenance and non-aggressive driving.
Here are few suggestions on keeping it clean and green:
• Take it slow. Speeding and hard accelerations wastes fuel. Make use cruise-control on highways, when possible, to maintain a steady speed. When waiting for friends or family, shut off the engine.
• Lighten up. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle to reduce weight and so reduce fuel consumption.
• Keep things clean. Dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze/coolant, and old batteries properly. Some garages accept these items.
• Keeping the engine running at its peak-a misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Replace filters and fluids as recommended by the owner’s manual.
• Stay pumped. Keep the tyres properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tyres waste fuel by forcing the vehicle’s engine to work harder.
• Know your limitations. If you are not a DIY kinda guy or gal, find a good mechanic to assist you.
• Don’t try this at home. Your car’s air conditioner should be serviced only by a professional technician, certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. The air conditioners in older vehicles contain ozone-depleting chemicals, which can be released into the atmosphere through improper service.
• Instant karma. In addition to helping the environment, routine maintenance will help your vehicle last longer, reduce fuel consumption, and command a higher resale price. Pretty cool.
And always remember, Coastal Customs in Mossel Bay has an expert team ready to assist you with all your custom motoring needs.
Source: It’s Easy To Be “Green”