Did you know that the average car’s carbon footprint is about 4.6 tons/year? That’s a lot of emissions! Here’s how you can reduce the environmental impact of your car, saving money and the planet at the same time:
Choose a Greener Machine
We all know that cars have a huge impact on the environment— Emissions from automobiles are a leading contributor to climate change and air pollution!
The vast majority of these emissions come from burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel. Fortunately, there are a few ways we can reduce these when it comes to our choice in vehicle.
Focus on Fuel Economy
One way to reduce your car’s carbon emissions is to simply choose a more fuel-efficient vehicle. When you’re in the market for a new car, look for one with high fuel economy.
Emissions vary by vehicle and fuel type, but in general, vehicles with better fuel economy have lower emissions. You can find fuel economy estimates for new cars here.
Consider an Electric Vehicle
Emissions from electric vehicles are very low compared to gas-powered cars. They tend to cost more upfront, but they are also more efficient on your wallet in the long run.
While the power plants that produce electric vehicles still give off emissions, they emit much less than gas-powered cars and continue to become cleaner and greener over time.
Practice Eco-Conscious Driving
Even if you can’t buy a new, more fuel-efficient car, you can still make a difference by driving eco-consciously. A vehicle’s emissions vary depending on how it is driven!
For example, emissions increase when a car is driven aggressively, such as when accelerating quickly or braking hard. It also becomes less eco-friendly when it is driven at high speeds.
Change Your Driving Habits
You can reduce the emissions from your car by driving calmly and smoothly. Accelerate slowly and brake gradually to avoid wasting fuel.
If you’re on the highway, keep your speed at or below the speed limit to minimize emissions. When you’re not using your car, turn it off to save fuel and emissions.
Maximize Your Trips
The more you drive your vehicle, the more emissions it will generate. If you can, try to consolidate your errands into one trip instead of making multiple trips.
Emissions also increase when a car is carrying extra weight, so try to remove unnecessary items from your trunk or backseat.
Maintain Your Vehicle for Sustainability
Your car’s condition also affects its carbon footprint! A well-maintained car is much more efficient and has lower emissions than one that is well overdue for an oil change, tune-up, or tire pressure check.
Mind Your Catalytic Converter
A catalytic converter is a device on your car whose primary function is to reduce emissions. Keeping it in good working order is essential to the health of your community and habitat.
Look out for any problems with your catalytic converter, ensure it is repaired with expert care, and if it needs to be replaced, make sure to get a new one that meets emissions standards.
Get an Emissions Test
Getting an emissions test is the best way to weigh your carbon footprint and check if your emissions control system is working properly.
While emissions tests are only required in some states, they’re crucial if you want your car to treat the trees well—and your lungs, especially if you live near smoggy Salt Lake City!
When it comes to sustainable transportation, Master Muffler Layton can help you show some TLC to your car, Mother Earth, and bank account at the same time. Come to us for an emissions test, tune-up, oil change, or to check up on your catalytic converter today, and you’ll reduce your car’s carbon footprint tomorrow!