Car emissions have become popular talk among the global automobile industry over the last decade. As stated by Environmental Protection UK, cars account for around 22% of the total CO2 emissions produced in Britain, which is an enormous amount considering air pollutants produced by vehicles are some of the most toxic on the planet! Car manufacturers are constantly trying to come up with ways in which they can improve their vehicles’ emissions to lessen the impact that cars have on the environment, animals and people.
Without switching to a greener car, we have discovered some easy ways for drivers to curb emissions when travelling from A to B. Read on to find out more.
Changing driver habits
Making small changes over time to your driving style can have a significant impact on the level of emissions that your car gives off.
Simple changes like:
- Not changing gear too early
- Trying not to reach the upper area of the rev range
- Braking sooner and slowing down will reduce emissions
- Not driving unless it’s completely necessary – alternatively, try to lift share when possible
- Limiting the time you leave your engine running when you are waiting in your car
- Not carrying excess weight in your boot
These are some of the most common tips that we recommend to our customers when they get their car serviced in our garage in Salisbury. If every driver made some of these small changes every trip they made, collectively, car emissions would undoubtedly be reduced.
Have your car serviced regularly
When aiming to reduce your car emissions, having a car that’s regularly serviced is essential. One of the key aspects of having your car serviced is having your oil changed. Engine oil is the substance that cleans, cools, lubricates and prevents wear to your engine. Having it changed regularly will freshen and keep your engine running efficiently, helping to reduce your car’s emissions. Ensuring that your garage uses good quality oil can also make a difference to the engine as you want to ensure that you’re using the correct oil type. If you have any questions about what oil you should be using in your car, contact our car servicing garage in Salisbury, and we’ll be happy to help you!
Regular car servicing also includes a change of air filter which can greatly lower your vehicle’s emissions. When an air filter is clogged up, the airflow to the engine is reduced, which can lead to a mass of issues. If an engine can’t breathe, dust, debris, pollen and other contaminants will build up, causing wear and tear, and increase your car’s emissions. It’s best to be prepared to change your air filter more regularly if you live or work in a dusty environment, such as a building site.
We recommend that you have a full car service every 12 months to improve and lower emissions in your car, as well as maintaining the overall condition of your vehicle. If you would like to book your car into our servicing garage in Salisbury, click here.
Check your tyre pressure
Now, be honest, how often do you check your tyre pressures? Under-inflated tyres have a much greater rolling resistance, meaning you’ll burn fuel less efficiently, which in turn will increase the total emission you produce on each journey. Low tyre pressure can increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions drastically, and according to Michelin, a tyre loses around 1 psi (pounds per square inch) per month. A ‘good’ tyre pressure varies from car to car, so make sure you check what your tyre pressure should be by looking in your vehicle handbook or it may be listed on a sticker inside the driver’s door.
We recommend that you check your tyre pressure at least once a month to ensure that they are not under-inflated, and increase the pressure when you carry heavier loads. If you would like more information about tyre pressures, please contact our garage in Salisbury.
Use better quality fuel
Another way of lowering your car emissions is by using better quality fuel. Have you ever noticed that beside the regular unleaded petrol and diesel pumps there is one usually called ‘premium’ or ‘super’? We frequently get asked if premium fuel is worth the added cost, and they definitely are! These fuel pumps are loaded with cleaning chemicals which can remove the build-up of dirt, which will automatically improve emissions. Some motorists even notice an increase in the performance of their vehicle.
Why don’t you try it out and see if you notice any difference? We love when you try out of tips and tricks so why don’t you tell us about it on our Facebook page?
Consider the impact your air conditioning has
Summer has finally returned and it’s getting hotter outside, which means most drivers will be cranking up the air conditioning to cool themselves down. But, did you know that this can be really damaging to the environment? In a nutshell, every time you use your car air conditioning you are making the engine work a little harder which in turn produces more emissions. It’s best to not have your air conditioning on if it’s not necessary. However, if it’s particularly warm, we’d recommend turning off the air conditioning a few miles before reaching your destination, as this will allow the system to continue to blow cool air but will help reduce the amount you use it.
Additionally, travelling with the windows down creates a drag on the vehicle, which in turn, increases fuel consumption and emissions. However, this has a lessened impact than using air conditioning.
Be sure to have your air conditioning serviced regularly if you use it frequently during the warmer months. Contact our car service garage in Salisbury to book your service today >>
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