GREEN YOUR CAR
NEW! Gas Saving Tips
With gas prices soaring, here are a few tips that will help save on gas usage:
- Tune-up- Keep you vehicle in tune with a regular tune up. Misfiring spark plug can reduce the vehicles efficiency by 30%. Take advantage of our Tune-Up Special now, and start saving today!
- Tire Pressure-make sure your vehicle has the correct pressure in the tires. The correct tire pressure is listed on the vehicle’s driver side door. It is suggested that you should check tire pressure at least once a month.
- Air Filters-replace air filters because a clogged filter makes the engine work harder and becomes less efficient in the gas usage.
- Oil- Use the right grade of oil for your vehicle. The right grade to use can be found in the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle.
- Slamming on brakes and then accelerating is hard on the engine and does eat up gas.
Don’t skimp on your vehicle maintenance, the vehicle’s performance depends on it. Your vehicle is one of your most important Assets so keep it running.
Following are some tips to help you green your driving experience, reducing your impact on the planet while saving some "green" as well!
More Green Driving Tips
Driving technique has a lot to do with your fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Not only does speeding and herky-jerky driving kill your MPG, it's dangerous. And even if no one gets hurt in a fender bender, how green is it to get a new bumper or have your car re-painted? As a general rule of thumb, keep your engine speeds between 1,200—3,000 RPMs, and up-shift between 2,000—2500 RPMs. Also, drive wise and minimize unnecessary miles by doing errands in one trip, getting good directions, and calling ahead.
Stay in tune
Getting regular tune-ups, maintenance, and having clean air filters will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. Pump up: if every American’s tires were properly inflated we could save around 2 billion gallons of gas each year! (Check your manual for optimal pressure). Lastly, get the junk out of the trunk! All that extra weight is sapping your fuel economy.
Car minus the carbon
There are many services out there now that can help you calculate your yearly emissions from driving and offset those greenhouse gasses through various means. Check out the following links to learn more about carbon offset opportunities.
Easy on the AC
Use the windows to help keep the car cool. Or try an electric or solar fan. Parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can keep your car cooler when parked, meaning it takes less to cool it off when you get back in. If you car is new, however, let it air out. That new car smell is not friendly stuff.
When the weather is warm, try to refuel early in the morning or late in the evening. This will reduce the amount of evaporative emissions being pushed out of the tank during the heat of the day, when smog most easily forms. On Ozone Action Days, try not to refuel at all. And never top off your tank beyond the automatic shutoff point.