With the Paris Climate Agreement forcing (almost all) governments around the world to evaluate how best to tackle climate change, reducing carbon emissions is more pertinent than ever. But it can’t just be left to those in power.
Each of us as individuals has a vital role to play in shrinking our own carbon footprints, and the best place to start is by looking at how we use our cars. Why? Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming causing both immediate and long-term effects on the environment.
Added to this, vehicles that produce a lot of carbon-based emissions run far less efficiently and get considerably poorer fuel economy, so reducing your carbon emissions is a win-win situation.
Here are the best ways to go about reducing your car’s emissions:
Drive more efficiently
Speeding, rapid acceleration and excessive braking wastes petrol and money. Sensible driving is not only safer for you and other road users, but also helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Gone are the days of “warming up” your car in the winter. Leaving your engine running while you’re stationary is both wasteful and needless. It only takes ten seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle, so leaving it in neutral pollutes the air, wastes fuel and create excessive engine wear causing your car to deteriorate prematurely.
Using your car’s air conditioning on a regular basis can also put strain on the engine and will burn more fuel, especially at low speeds. This is the same for all other in-car electrical appliances, so try to use them sparingly.
Excess weight and roof-top boxes increase aerodynamic drag making your engine work harder, which means more fuel is required to power the car. Removing your rooftop box and emptying your boot of any unnecessary items can therefore significantly reduce the amount of fuel you are using, which is good news for the environment and your wallet, too!
Keep your car in shape
Another way in which you can reduce carbon emissions is by following the correct maintenance guidelines from your car manufacturer. Regular servicing is essential for ensuring that your car continues to run well, improving fuel mileage and reducing unnecessary emissions. Experts generally recommend that you take your car in for a full service every 12 months or 12,000 miles to ensure it stays in peak condition.
It is important to pay particular attention to ensuring that your tyres are properly inflated. Not only will you enjoy a smoother ride, but it will also make your vehicle significantly more fuel efficient, producing lower levels of emissions and increase fuel economy, saving you a lot of money.
Clean your engine and air filter regularly
Dirty engine oil will cause a buildup of carbon in your engine which will in turn, produce a great deal of smog and carbon-based emissions. So, it is important to follow your car manufacturer’s recommendations on how often to change the oil in your vehicle.
Changing your car’s air filter every so often will also help to keep dirt and other contaminants out of your car engine, resulting in a more efficient car and a cleaner exhaust.
Use good quality petrol
As tempting as it may be to use the cheapest petrol going, it’s wise to choose a premium higher-octane fuel. This higher octane level will make the petrol burn more efficiently, leaving less carbon residue behind and help to keep your engine clean.
Invest in a green car device
Sustainable Flow’s Engine Performance Optimiser improves the efficiency of your engine and reduces emissions. The system works in both petrol and diesel cars and generates an average fuel saving of 10%. Not only can the system save you a great deal of money on fuel, it can also to decrease your car’s emissions by more than 50%. This will go a long way in helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Sanctioned internationally as emission reduction equipment, it produces high octane performance with lower octane fuel. Combustion efficiency is maximised so engines run cleaner and oil lasts longer.