Happy Earth Day 2012. This year Earth Day organizers are focusing in on Renewable energy and a sustainable future for our planet. While there are many things we can do here in Colorado to help our city go “green”, why not start with the one thing you use everyday – your automobile.
When it comes to owning, driving and maintaining a car, there are many things we can do to help the environment. From better driving habits to regular auto repair and maintenance, not only will you be helping your car last longer, you may be giving it better resale value too.
The vital piece within your car is the engine. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. An engine running with clogged filters or running low of fluids can also make it run twice as hard.
The “service engine” light is there for a reason. Even though today’s vehicles run cleaner emissions than they did thirty years ago, they can still have problems. A poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will cause your vehicle to pollute much more than it would normally.
Have your air conditioner serviced by an auto repair technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Older air conditioners still contain ozone depleting chemicals, which can be released into the air if not serviced properly.
Avoid speeding, sudden accelerations and erratic driving, all of which guzzle gas. Don’t let your car idle to warm up the car or to wait for family and friends. Consolidate all trips and errands to reduce unnecessary driving whenever possible.
Properly dispose of all vehicle parts and fluids properly. Anti-freeze can harm pets, wildlife and children if not disposed of properly. Batteries can be harmful and even fatal if left in the wrong places.