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Green Driving Tips For Your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
As spring and summer come in, the leaves start growing back, and everything turns green again! It reminds us how beautiful our planet is and how we should take much more responsibility when preserving that beauty. Not only does making a few green efforts each day help our planet, but often times it can also help our wallet!
Here are a few tips to promote greener driving and support an eco-friendly lifestyle:
Added weight in areas like the truck makes your car work harder, which also causes it to use more gas. If you have to transport large items in the bed of your truck or in the trunk of your car, make sure you unload them as soon as possible. Also, try not to drive around too often with a trunk cluttered with miscellaneous items. All of this adds up to unnecessary weight and more gas burned!
The cold weather condenses the air causing your tires to deflate, then in the spring the warm air expands. Under inflated tires can also lower fuel efficiency and over inflated tires can cause damage. Make sure all tires are properly inflated, especially after undergoing so many changes throughout the winter and spring.
Did you know speeding, heavy acceleration, and hard braking can reduce fuel efficiency by 33%? It’s true!
Check into biodiesel and/or ethanol as a fuel alternative. Both of these fuel types are made by plants, not fossil fuels. Biodiesel is a form of diesel fuel made from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. It is safe, bio-degradable, and produces less air pollution than petroleum-based diesel. Ethanol fuel is a domestically produced alcohol fuel made from plants such as corn, sugar cane, and grass. Using ethanol fuel can reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions making for a greener, healthier planet.
Trade your car in for a more fuel-efficient car like a hybrid or an electric vehicle! The Nissan LEAF is a great EV with amazing efficiency. The 2015 Nissan LEAF is powered by a 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor with a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery and achieves 126 MPGe city / 101 MPGe highway. Go green in a new LEAF today!
Carpooling, car sharing, or utilizing public transportation systems are great ways to reduce the number of cars on the road, and ultimately the amount of air pollutants going into the air from vehicles.
Depending on your employer, switch up the work day routine! Star working a four-day work week which consists of four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days each week. Many employers have started considering this option, so it’s worth mentioning to your boss if you are trying to promote a greener lifestyle. And if you have the option, telecommuting or working from home completely is the best way to alter your driving habits and support a greener lifestyle!
Make sure to utilize these green driving tips if you are trying to become more eco-friendly. And if you are interested in learning more about a Nissan LEAF, be sure to contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions or schedule a test drive!