Car care for the environment
Using cars, instead of walking, obviously consumes gasoline,
aside from the fact that motor vehicles spew pollution on the air. It also takes
up more space in an already congested city and distracts government attention
from mass transit systems. Minimizing the use of private cars will shore up the
economy, conserve fuel, lessen pollution and traffic and encourage the
government to develop public transportation.
But, for those who own cars, here are the important things to
· Keep the car in
good running condition. Have regular tune-ups and check-ups, such as changing
oil, wheel-balancing and spark plug checks.
· Check with the local car
dealer for any energy-efficiency and environment-friendly car gadgets to be
· Lessen the burden that the car
has to carry. Take all unnecessary junks out of the trunk.
· Instead of warming up the car
in the morning by letting the engine idle, warm it up by driving slowly and
gently (as though bottles are balanced on the hood) for the first 15 minutes of
the trip. This way, every bit of gasoline consumption will be used in actual
· Use car air conditioner only
when needed. Air conditioners increase fuel consumption and make the engine work
harder, causing it to produce more pollution.
· Keep the car cooler by parking
it in shaded areas or even painting it a lighter color so it won't absorb too
· Drive at a steady pace.
Minimize braking by anticipating changes in speed and taking your foot off the
gas as soon as you see a red light or slowed traffic. This lessens gasoline
consumption and saves wear-and tear on the engine, brakes and tires.
· If you are going to stop the
car for more than a minute, turn the engine off. The gas consumed by one minute
of idling is more than that consumed by restarting a car.
· Don't fill the tank to the
brim. Even with a gasoline cap on, some fuel can spill out. Leave some space for
· Join or form a car pool with
well-planned schedules and practical routes to follow. This is a better way to
eliminate unnecessary trips, to save fuel consumption and prolong life service
of your car.
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