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Simple Ways To Reduce Your Vehicle’s Carbon Emissions

By Alison Wheatley
In October 14, 2015
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In light of recent news exposes, let’s be honest. There are a number of honest steps we can take to decrease the level of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and preserve our environment for future generations. With everything from recycling to home insulation, there are a number of simple ways that we can reduce our emissions on a daily basis. While one of the greatest ways to reduce our carbon footprints is to get rid of our vehicle altogether, this often isn’t the most practical solution for our activities and lifestyle.

However, there are plenty of honest ways that you can reduce your vehicle’s carbon emissions, without having to either make a hefty investment or make drastic lifestyle changes. Read on to find out how you can easily take charge of your personal contribution to climate change and help to protect our environment in the years to come.

1) Check Your Tires

A very simple yet effective way to reduce your vehicle’s carbon emissions is to check that your tires are within the legal inflation limit. If just one of your tires is under-inflated, this can increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption rate by three per cent, which means that you’ll be emitting more than is necessary. Check the legal recommended limit for your state and get your tires looked at and rotated at least twice a year to ensure your safety.

2) Stop Idling

When you stop for longer than 10 seconds, for example if you’re waiting for a passenger or you’ve parked yet you’ve kept the engine running, that’s considered idling. In some states or provinces, idling is even illegal. Turn off your vehicle if you’re going to be idle for 10 seconds or more to save gas and cut your footprint.

3) Streamline Your Vehicle

If you’re not going to use your luggage box or bike rack for the rest of the season, make sure you remove it! Unnecessary loads weigh down your vehicle, causing drag and decreasing your fuel economy. Large objects such as luggage boxes make your vehicle less streamlined, which decreases your mileage rate and efficiency. This means that you’ll end up using more fuel than you need to for your trips, thus increasing your carbon footprint.

4) Service Regularly

To maintain the overall health of your vehicle, make sure you get a regular service to ensure that everything is in good condition. Opt for ‘Energy Conserving’ oil, regularly check your oil levels and make sure that you reuse old engine oil, too. Releasing oil into the environment can have disastrous effects on nature and wildlife, so by recycling old oil you can help to prevent water and environment contamination.

The David Suzuki Foundation has some additional vehicle tips, so click here if you want to learn more.

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