Drive Green

You love your car and the freedom and individuality it provides. But this comes at a cost. Higher fuel prices and environmental concerns should make us all think twice before turning the key. Did you know that the way that you drive and use your vehicle can have a huge impact on CO2 levels? Here are some easy ways to help keep you driving green.

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Maintain you vehicle

This could be the best way to improve your fuel economy. Keep correct air pressure in your tires for less rolling resistance. Periodic oil changes increase the efficiency of your engine and translates into better fuel economy. Routine maintenance of the air filter and hoses helps to increase the efficiency of the fuel system. Replace worn parts such as oxygen sensors and gas caps. Service the transmission and cooling system as appropriate.

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Break bad habits

Start by cutting fuel consumption. Pay attention to your surroundings. People drive home and to work or school on autopilot most of the time, blissfully unaware of traffic and road conditions, or even how they got their destinations. Prevent jack-rabbit starts. You may love the feeling of the "G's" as you take off with the tires squealing. A common problem in an urban environment is stop and go traffic. Know the terrain and plan your route. A person tends to accelerate when going up hill as speed drops.

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Keep track of your fuel mileage

When you are at the gas station keep the receipt. After you fill up with gas make sure to reset your trip meter to 0. You can calculate your fuel mileage by dividing the driven distance by the amount of fuel used. Keep a record. There is no way to tell how much your mileage has improved unless you keep a record.

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Fuel Saving

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We count on our cars to get us where we want to go, when we want to go. That sense of freedom is important to us, but we also want to be sure we do our best to conserve natural resources for future generations. Gas prices keep going up, and the money in our wallet keeps evaporating more quickly.

Fuel efficiency

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Fuel efficiency is a form of thermal efficiency, meaning the efficiency of a process that converts chemical potential energy contained in a carrier fuel into kinetic energy or work. Overall fuel efficiency may vary per device, which in turn may vary per application fuel efficiency.

Safety

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Saving fuel and conserving energy are important, but so is safety, and preventing crashes. Drafting is a technique with an accepted risk of collision when there is a separation of fewer than three seconds from the preceding vehicle.

Biodiesel - Do it Yourself Guide

Biodiesel refers to a vegetable oil - or animal fat-based diesel fuel consisting of long-chain alkyl (methyl, ethyl, or propyl) esters. Biodiesel is typically made by chemically reacting lipids (e.g., vegetable oil, animal fat (tallow[1][2])) with an alcohol producing fatty acid esters. Biodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel in any proportions. Biodiesel blends can also be used as heating oil.

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Fuel Saving Advices: Pace your driving. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon. Stay alert and drive steadily, not erratically. Keep a reasonable, safe distance from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions. Use your air conditioner sparingly. The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as 2 miler per gallon under certain speeds and operating conditions.

Plan your trips in advance. Combine short trips into one to do all your errands. Avoid traveling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods. Consider joining a car pool. Plan your trips in advance. Combine short trips into one to do all your errands. Avoid traveling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods. Consider joining a car pool.

Fuel Saving: Following are a few simple steps you can take to meet these goals. Have your car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon. Keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflated tired can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon. Slow down. The faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon. Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.

Admit it. You love your car and the freedom and individuality it provides. But this comes at a cost. Higher fuel prices and environmental concerns should make us all think twice before turning the key. Did you know that the way that you drive and use your vehicle can have a huge impact on CO2 levels? Here are some easy ways to help keep you driving green. Take your time, slow down and stop to smell the roses before global warming makes those roses harder and harder to find.

Following are a few simple steps you can take to meet these goals. Have your car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon. Keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflated tired can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon. Slow down. The faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon. Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.

Key parameters to maintain are proper tire pressure, wheel alignment, and engine oil with low-kinematic viscosity, referred to as low "weight" motor oil. Inflating tires to the maximum recommended air pressure means that less energy is lost to rolling resistance due to tire deformation, leaving more energy available to move the vehicle. Under-inflated tires can increase rolling resistance by approximately 1.4% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Equally important is the scheduled maintenance of the engine (e.g. air filter, spark plug), and addressing any on-board diagnostics codes/malfunctions in the Engine Control Module and related sensors, especially the oxygen sensor.