6 Ways to Make Your Current Ride More Eco-Friendly
Posted by: Lydia on 30/01/2019
In local communities and around the world, there’s an interest in going green. There can be many motivations for doing so when it comes to the cars we drive. Many motorists look to pursue eco-friendly habits because they want to help conserve the environment. Other motorists recognise that being eco-friendly can save money, too.
Whatever reason you have for going green, there are many benefits to doing so. It’s also really easy – there are a multitude of ways to incorporate an eco-friendly approach into your driving, without needing to buy a new eco-friendly car. Here are 6 of the best ways to make your current ride lean, mean, and green.
1. Buy eco-friendly tyres
From year to year in the auto industry, some things change – and some things stay the same. In 2019, tyres are (usually) still black and made of rubber – the way it's been for decades. But like everything in the industry, they are always subject to new testing and innovation. That’s why the availability of eco-friendly tyres is such a great achievement for tyre tech, and also a strong option for anyone seeking to make their current ride more green.
Basically, every major manufacturer out there today offers eco-friendly tyres, and these tyres are just as good performance-wise as a regular set. But being made from recycled materials means they are cleaner and greener in their production, and that helps to ensure a tyre’s lifespan from start to finish has as little an impact as possible on the environment. Drivers should also be sure to recycle their tyres when they're done with them, either at a dedicated recycler or by reusing them around the home and garden.
2. Remove weight when possible
When it comes to being eco-friendly, you don’t always need to add things to your car – you can also benefit by taking them away. You can make your car greener instantly by removing (and reorganising) things. Carrying around unnecessary extra weight is very common, as few drivers recognise just how heavy a car boot full of miscellaneous can get.
But sports equipment, work supplies, and other goods can easily pile up in your car and really weigh it down. The more weight you have in your car, the more energy is required to power it. This results in excess fuel being burned, and more money out of your pocket. So if you truly want to be eco-friendly when driving, get in the habit of removing goods from the vehicle when you have no need for them.
3. Keep your tyres pumped up
In addition to considering eco-friendly tyres, keeping your tyres pumped up is really important to eco-friendly driving. When your tyres are deflated even a little, it places extra strain and weight on your vehicle, as the lack of proper inflation hinders momentum.
That’s why it's so important to ensure your tyres are inflated correctly at all times. In addition to saving on fuel, building this habit will also prolong the life of your tyres, and minimise the risk of a puncture.
4. Use the windows instead of the air conditioner
On a hot summer’s day, it’s natural to want to turn on the air conditioner. But often this isn’t necessary once the car gets moving, as the air rushing by will find its way into the vehicle and provide some relief.
Occasionally this method won’t deliver results – on a record-breaking 46°C day like Adelaide had recently, that air conditioner surely deserves a turn – but on most days when it's warm but not boiling, putting the window down is the most eco-friendly option.
5. Build eco-friendly driving habits
All drivers know an emergency can make hard braking necessary. But making a habit of it can seriously damage your vehicle and also do damage to your green driving goals. This also applies to rapid acceleration when the light turns green, making your tyres screech when you go around a corner, and similar behaviours.
The more strain put on the vehicle, the more petrol will be used needlessly – and it can really add up. That’s why driving with some moderation is always wise, and best for the environment.
6. Use a car wash
Many Aussies would be surprised to learn a car wash is eco-friendly. It definitely is when compared to doing it yourself at home – the garden hose wastes a lot of water, and harsh chemicals get flushed down the gutter.
This is all the more true given the rise of green car washes in many locations throughout Australia, providing a good cleaning while minimising the waste of resources like water. In terms of eco-friendliness, a car wash is always the better pick over the old bucket and hose.
If you're really serious about going green? Buy an eco-friendly car
The 6 tips we’ve listed here can all be used with the car you own right now, whatever make and model it is. But what if you’d really like to take your eco-friendly approach to the next level? If so, you’re not alone.
More than half of 37,000 Aussie drivers surveyed by Roy Morgan last year signalled they would actively consider buying a hybrid car as their next vehicle. This is a big step, and not one to be taken lightly. There's certainly no reason to switch cars immediately if you use the 6 tips above instead. But when the time comes in future, adding an eco-friendly vehicle to your garage can be a terrific way to save money and help the environment while you're at it.
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