Green Driving for Environmental and Financial Savings

Automotive exhaust is very hard on the environment. The high cost of gasoline is very hard on the budget as well. Driving smart in today’s economy and struggling environment means driving “green”. Here are a few eco-friendly driving tips that all of our drivers here at Limo Livery follow that you can also follow to keep your environmental footprint light without lightening your wallet.

Plan Your Trips

Driving green starts before you ever leave your initial destination. Plan your daily driving to include all of the trips you have to make whenever possible. Schedule your appointments to line up so that you can go from one to the other in a straight shot without backtracking when you can. These types of plans help cut down the mileage you travel each day and cut down the impact on the environment and your finances.

Start out Right and Control Your Speed

Modern cars do not require a warm up. Drive responsibly and obey the speed limits. Use your cruise control on long stretches of a consistent speed as well. Maintaining a level speed helps the car run more efficiently. Don’t drive during heavy traffic times when you can avoid it. Long idling in stop and go traffic uses a lot of extra energy.

Condition for Clean Driving

Replace your tires with low resistance tires and keep them filled to the appropriate level. Keep a regular check on the tire pressure. Keep your car tuned up according to the recommendations in the user’s manual to ensure proper performance. Some points to consider when maintaining your vehicle:

• Change the oil frequently.
• Check the brakes to make sure they are not dragging.
• Get a full tune-up including spark plugs, air filters, and transmission fluid if you notice a decrease in performance.
• Get your tires rotated and alignment checked when you bring your car in for other maintenance.
• Have your car’s emission system checked yearly.
• Don’t put off warnings. Too often drivers put off getting repairs made when they notice fuel consumption going up a little, or hear noises. Prompt action will reduce the impact on the environment.

Feed Your Car Intelligently

Don’t top off your tank. Stop filling your gas tank when the pump automatically quits pumping. Avoid the desire to pump those last few drops into the tank. When gas gets hot it expands and could leak out. Leaking gas costs you money and is very hazardous to the environment.

Roll up the Windows and Cover It Up

Do not drive with the windows down. Having your windows open decreases your car’s aerodynamics and creates a drag that uses extra fuel. If you are driving a pickup or other auto with an open back cover it with a bed cover. Wind sweeping down into the bed of a truck and hitting the back pulls against your revving engine. If you cannot buy a cover leave the pickup bed door down to alleviate the resistance.

Keep It Light

Clean out any junk in the trunk. Letting unnecessary items build up creates extra weight for your car to pull around. More weight means more fuel consumed. If you have winter weights in the back of your automobile or truck don’t forget to unload them in the springtime.

Sitting Around

Finally, whenever you are out turn off the ignition when idling for long periods of time. Whether you are waiting for a rider, pickup, or other appointment or standing still at a railroad crossing turn off that engine to cut fuel consumption and damage to the ozone.
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Automotive exhaust is very hard on the environment. The high cost of gasoline is very hard on the budget as well. Driving smart in today’s economy and struggling environment means driving “green”. Here are a few eco-friendly driving tips to keep your environmental footprint light without lightening your wallet.

Plan Your Trips

Driving green starts before you ever leave your initial destination. Plan your daily driving to include all of the trips you have to make whenever possible. Schedule your appointments to line up so that you can go from one to the other in a straight shot without backtracking when you can. These types of plans help cut down the mileage you travel each day and cut down the impact on the environment and your finances.

Start out Right and Control Your Speed

Modern cars do not require a warm up. Drive responsibly and obey the speed limits. Use your cruise control on long stretches of a consistent speed as well. Maintaining a level speed helps the car run more efficiently. Don’t drive during heavy traffic times when you can avoid it. Long idling in stop and go traffic uses a lot of extra energy.

Condition for Clean Driving

Replace your tires with low resistance tires and keep them filled to the appropriate level. Keep a regular check on the tire pressure. Keep your car tuned up according to the recommendations in the user’s manual to ensure proper performance. Some points to consider when maintaining your vehicle:

• Change the oil frequently.
• Check the brakes to make sure they are not dragging.
• Get a full tune-up including spark plugs, air filters, and transmission fluid if you notice a decrease in performance.
• Get your tires rotated and alignment checked when you bring your car in for other maintenance.
• Have your car’s emission system checked yearly.
• Don’t put off warnings. Too often drivers put off getting repairs made when they notice fuel consumption going up a little, or hear noises. Prompt action will reduce the impact on the environment.

Feed Your Car Intelligently

Don’t top off your tank. Stop filling your gas tank when the pump automatically quits pumping. Avoid the desire to pump those last few drops into the tank. When gas gets hot it expands and could leak out. Leaking gas costs you money and is very hazardous to the environment.

Roll up the Windows and Cover It Up

Do not drive with the windows down. Having your windows open decreases your car’s aerodynamics and creates a drag that uses extra fuel. If you are driving a pickup or other auto with an open back cover it with a bed cover. Wind sweeping down into the bed of a truck and hitting the back pulls against your revving engine. If you cannot buy a cover leave the pickup bed door down to alleviate the resistance.

Keep It Light

Clean out any junk in the trunk. Letting unnecessary items build up creates extra weight for your car to pull around. More weight means more fuel consumed. If you have winter weights in the back of your automobile or truck don’t forget to unload them in the springtime.

Sitting Around

Finally, whenever you are out turn off the ignition when idling for long periods of time. Whether you are waiting for a rider, pickup, or other appointment or standing still at a railroad crossing turn off that engine to cut fuel consumption and damage to the ozone.