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How to Be More Environmentally Friendly with Your Car

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This year, the importance of the environment is ever-present on society’s lips. It is important, and we all need to do what we can to take care of it and ensure the next generation gets to enjoy the same quality of life that we do. There are a lot of things to be said for reducing the environmental impact of cars, and in this article, we will describe some of the simplest ways that can be achieved without drastically changing your life.

Place Your Car in a Car Sharing System

There are many car sharing opportunities out there. Some services allow you to share your car with the world by advertising it for rent when you aren’t using it. These systems generally get positive reviews, and means that in crowded cities not everyone needs to own a car. Some people might only need one every few weeks to go camping or do the shopping. Given the amount of time your car spends idle, it could be worth sharing it to reduce the environmental impact of another person needing their own car.

Another, more common example of car sharing is carpooling. This is an exceptionally environmentally friendly way to travel, because many cars on the road only contain a driver and several empty seats. If they shared the cost of petrol and the space in their cars instead, there would be fewer cars on the road and less individualised costs in running and maintaining them.

Use Your Car Less Often

This is the simplest option to reducing your environmental impact. Consider walking to the shops instead of driving, catching the train or riding a bike to work. Try to reduce your short trips or find ways to share your driving load with friends and family.

Make Sure your Car is Serviced Regularly

Regardless of how much you use your car, keeping it in great condition is the best way to minimize excessive environmental impacts when you do use it. Keeping the tyres at their ideal pressure maximizes fuel efficiency, as does correct wheel alignment and having a well-tuned engine and cooling system.

Use Environmentally Conscious Cleaning Products

Car detailing can be an exceptionally pleasurable experience. A lot of people pride themselves in having clean and shiny vehicles, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. What can pose an issue is some of the chemicals involved in unlocking that new car experience. Many surfactants contain high levels of phosphate which contributes to their effectiveness, but is also a major health hazard to aquatic organisms. Wherever possible, use ecofriendly products and avoid direct run off into waterways.

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