Six Easy, Fast And Green Car Tips

by Roger Gray

One of the rising trends in the auto industry is the increase in the number of hybrid cars and other vehicles that do not run on fossil fuel.

However, being environment friendly should not be limited to having to buy a hybrid or to try making use of your old batteries. Making a difference can be done quickly and easily by driving properly and making sure your vehicle stays in top condition.

So without further ado, here are six tips - all of them very easy and hassle free - that could help you care for your vehicle while being Earth-conscious.

The first tip would be to make sure your car's engine is in top condition at all times. Perform regular vehicle maintenance at the intervals recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. And make sure you have your engine checked in an expedient manner if you see the "check engine" light.

If you need help finding a repair shop that you can trust, ask your friends or do a quick Internet search for the nearest auto repair shop.

Check the air pressure in your car's tires regularly. If your tires don't have the recommended amount of air in them, your engine will consume more fuel as it works harder in the process.

Don't have your car's air conditioning serviced by just any Joe Blow in the neighborhood - the technicians must be properly certified to handle automotive AC systems. If you own an older model car, the air conditioning system may contain harmful chemicals that could damage the ozone layer once emitted from the vehicle.

Speaking of older cars and dangerous chemicals, some of them have switches that contain mercury that are used to activate lighting systems. However, you can have this substance eliminated from your vehicle, as many shops have "mercury switch out" programs that allow you to change these switches for those that are made out of more environmentally friendly substances.

Leave the blazing starts and over-the-speed-limit driving to the likes of Dom Toretto and Brian O'Connor of Fast and the Furious fame - try the same and you'll get a speeding ticket while wasting precious fuel.

If you need to change fluids or batteries, dispose of them properly. Make a quick call to your local waste management agency if you need some help. Engine fluid should never be disposed on the ground, because it could make its way to nearby bodies of water, resulting in pollution.

If you follow the tips above and make sure you are driving environmentally safe, then you will be rewarded with an automobile that will last the long haul while not doing anything harmful to Mother Nature. In other words, when you "go green," the Earth wins, your car wins -- and you are the biggest winner of all!

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