Now more than ever, people are (finally) beginning to realise that the effects we have on our planet are slowly killing it. More and more people each day are recycling, switching to organic food, installing solar panels and most importantly, switching to greener cars to help take care of the planet. If you’re thinking of doing your bit for the planet, you may be wondering if it’s possible to have the car of your dreams and still be eco-friendly…of course it is! In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to become a greener driver while still enjoying the ride you’ve always been after!
Drive a hybrid
You don’t want to lose the thrill of hearing an engine roar but you still want to save the planet? Drive a hybrid! Not too far in the past hybrid cars were of a particular taste…to say the least. However, in this day and age car companies are working hard to produce hybrid versions of their cars so that you, the consumer, can have the best of both worlds. Mercedes are known for taking care of the environment with their cars and if you love the brand as much as we do, you may want to take a look at Mercedes hybrid & electric cars to see if they stock your favourite car in a hybrid!
Think before you commute
Heading to the office each day can use a lot of fuel, especially if you’re driving during a busy period. Take a look at these ways you can reduce the amount of fuel you’re using:
Consider a car share or offering to pick colleagues up on the way to work. Collectively, you’ll save money on fuel and save the planet.
Are your tyres pumped up enough? Properly inflated tires are safer, last longer, and can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 per cent.
If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets better gas mileage whenever possible. Do you really need that SUV for trips to the store?
Take care while driving
Being aware of how you’re driving can also dramatically change the amount of fuel you’re using. Driving at 50mph rather than 70mph will save up to 30 per cent more fuel and decrease your chances of being involved in an accident. Removing unnecessary weight like roof racks will also help save on fuel and therefore, save the environment.
Use greener fuel
Finally, and possibly most importantly, use greener fuel. Biofuels, for example, biodiesel and bioethanol, are made from plant materials like vegetable oils or wheat. Biofuels can cut climate change impacts because the plants they’re made from remove carbon dioxide from the air when they grow. This helps balance out the CO2 emissions produced when the fuel is used in a car and thus more, help you give back to our planet.