Transport is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases which make air quality worse. In fact, a quarter of the local carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the country come from transport. Reducing the emission of these harmful gases from transport will help in achieving the goal of reducing the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80%.

With this in mind, many researchers and manufacturers have came up with ultra-low emission vehicles, such as plug-in hybrid, electronic, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. These cars help lower the harmful emissions and air pollution. The government encourages more people to use these cars; therefore, they:

  • Offer grants to those who bought low emission vehicles
  • Fund innovative research and development
  • Create a framework for the creation and development of a recharging network for electronic and plug-in hybrid cars
  • Set performance standards to provide emission reductions from new cars

As a driver and car owner, all these talk of ultra-low emission cars will make you question the efficiency of your own vehicle. But you don’t have to ditch your current ride to get the latest electric car. A few simple changes can go a long way in making your car eco-friendly. Here’s how.

Eco friendly vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Properly Maintain Your Car

Bring your car for regular servicing at your local repair shop. It’s that simple. You need to understand that getting regular tune-ups will help ensure the efficiency of your vehicle. Properly maintained vehicles release fewer emissions and use less gas. Click here to learn more about the importance of regular car maintenance and repair.

Use Eco-Friendly Tires

Today, there are now eco-friendly tires available in the market. But what makes these tires special? To create eco-friendly tires, a small percentage of recycled rubber is used along with other materials. Companies that produce such tires also run a recycling program to repurpose old tire and to reproduce them into eco-friendly tires. Additionally, this type of tire will help you save gas which is very beneficial, especially with the rising cost of fuel.

If you cannot afford to change all four of your existing tires into eco-friendly one, the least you can do is to ensure that they are properly inflated. Doing so will not only ensure your safety while on the road, it also improves gas mileage. You can bring your car to a mechanic to check the proper pressure of your tires if you don’t know how to.

Avoid Using Your Air Conditioner All The Time

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system is powered by gas; therefore, unless it is too hot, roll down the windows instead. You can also consider parking your car in a shaded, cool area, or you can buy a sun shade for when parking outdoors.

However, when you are driving on a highway during a hot summer day, you can use the air conditioner in spurts and use the vehicle’s fan to make the coolness last longer. This will also reduce the air resistance which your car might encounter while moving.

Slow Down

Driving slowly will not only keep you from getting a speeding ticket or help you avoid car collisions, it also reduces fuel consumption; therefore, increasing your fuel efficiency.

Use Car Pool Or Local Transit For Long Drives

The best way to reduce greenhouse gas emission is to not use your car often. For instance, when going to work, you and your co-workers who are living in the same area can organize a car pool schedule that works for everyone. In doing so, you and your co-workers won’t each have to use their own car to go to work.

Citations:
  • CityofStPete.”BoatingElectric car charging.”. July 6, 2012. Online Image. Flickr. Dec 18, 2013
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Kris Lim is an environmentalist who encourages people to be more aware of the environment. In this article, she lists a few tips for making a car eco-friendly.

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