Last updated on March 21st, 2018
Vehicle emissions are a grave nuisance to our health and environment. The government has introduced tough laws to bring down the level of these emissions.
Here are some simple tips to help reduce your car’s emissions:
• Do not idle your car to bring it to its optimum temperature. Driving it makes reach its optimum temperature faster and cuts down on the fuel consumption.
• Do not overfill your tank. Expanded fuel is more difficult to burn.
• Tune your vehicle regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
• Pay heed to any signs of malfunctions like the ‘Check Engine’ light.
• Always keep your tires properly inflated. A deflated tire takes more energy to move.
• Keep track of the weather. Tires need to be filled up to a higher pressure in cold weather conditions.
• Always remove excess luggage from trunk, seats etc. More the luggage, more the energy consumption i.e. emissions.
• Keep a check on the fuel economy as this can be directly translated into the level of emissions.
• Keep windows closed, especially at high speeds. This reduces the drag on the car. Drag works against the motion of the car and places a higher energy demand on the engine.
• Try and drive as smoothly without stopping as possible. It takes more energy to start a stationary than keeping a moving car in motion.
• Plan your chores in a way that requires the fewest possible number of trips. Prefer one long trip instead of several short ones.
• Maintain your engine’s performance with regular check-ups and tunings.
• Replace air filters after appropriate periods of time.
• Turn off your car instead of idling if the idling time exceeds 30 seconds.
• Your car emits the least emissions when it is at its optimum temperature. So avoid making short trips in your car that do not allow your car to warm up.
• Try and drive your car at moderate speeds. High speeds increase fuel demand while low speeds bring down the engine efficiency.
• Try and drive in the highest possible gear for that car. This immediately brings down the speed while maintaining engine efficiency.
• Never rev your engines.
• Noisy engines are overworked engines. Also, smoke in the exhaust is a sure sign of improper combustion. Get your cars checked promptly.
• Remove any aerodynamically obtrusive objects as soon as their work is done. This includes luggage racks and other objects that may induce unwanted drag.
• Try and keep your vehicle as cool as possible. Park in the shade. Blow off the hot air when you get in and invest in window shields.