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Thursday, June 4, 2009

10 ways to make your car greener

We all know I'm a huge fan of listicles... the whitty, yet informative, little posts and articles that draw out countdowns from various things and inform the reader how best to proceed in an area of interest. Well this time the listicle will feature the top 5 ways to make your car greener.

First of all, I didn't come up with this listicle. I sort of stole it from info released at the auto show. BUT, it's still pertinent information and now I'm safe because I've officially tipped my hat to the international auto show creators and managers. Cheers, auto thinkers.

Step 1: Try a hybrid (obvious)
Up and coming in popularity, with obviously also means the quality of hybrids are bound to improve exponentially. At this late stage in their creation, several kinks have been worked out to make your driving experience ever so pleasurable.

Step 2: Pick a vehicle with a lean engine. You don't always have to have a hybrid to have good gas mileage, so do your research.

Step 3: Reserve those cylinders! You actually have the option in some cars to shut off essentially some of your cylinders to improve fuel economy. A V8 can become a V4 or a V6 can be a V3. And let's be frank, in most city driving you don't need the added oomph anyway.

Step 4: Use a different fuel
There are various oils in use today other than the standard. Vegetable oil, ethanol, biodiesels or natural gas have all been experimented with. Give it a shot.

Step 5: Take care of your tires
Tire pressure is important. If they are under inflated, they produce excessive resistance and burn off more fuel. Not only does this create a danger by increasing the chances of a tire failure, but it reduces gas mileage. So head to the pump and check your tire pressure. Each tire has the optimum pressure written on it in tiny writing along the rim, and public air machines come equip with a pressure gauge.


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