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Seen To Be Green


There will always be those swivel-eyed single interest lunatics who think the world would be a better place without the car. Equally, there are those who care not a jot for the planet and who consider pollution to be a human right. Somewhere in the middle of all this is the rest of us. By rushing out and investing in a green car you will be making very little difference to the overall picture and in any event many people simply cannot afford to do that. Cars are generally cleaner and there are many other things that cause as much, if not more, harmful emissions than your production motor; but there are some easy steps you can take to make the planet a better place to live in, or indeed, on.

Keep your car properly tuned and serviced. There have been reports lately that drivers are putting off service because of the cost. Understandable perhaps, but wrong. A badly tuned car will pollute more and use more fuel. You could also be storing up problems for later when a simple job turns into an expensive nightmare. Whilst you’re under the bonnet consider changing the air filter. Some say that it should be changed at every annual service – they are certainly cheap enough – and make more difference than you think. A dirty filter will cause rough running and loss of power.

One of life’s biggest chores is finding a garage with, hopefully, an accurate tyre pressure gauge then waiting in line, finding some 20 pee’s or whatever and getting your hands and clothes dirty. If it’s too much of a pain then any motoring store can sell you a pressure gauge / tyre inflator combo which will work well and mean you can do the job at home, running the device of the 12v socket. Ring Automotive make a good one. Ensuring that your tyres are correctly balanced and aligned with the correct pressure could improve your fuel economy by 3%. Properly inflated tyres are safer and last longer too – another saving.

Finally, here’s a less obvious idea. How about upgrading your engine oil to a high performance synthetic? This will help improve the overall performance of your engine and maybe allow for longer periods between changes. That means less waste oil and whether or not you do your own service or leave it to your dealer make sure that all the waste products are recycled wherever possible.

Next time you are out in the car check out the amount of litter at the roadside. The government are supposed to be clamping down on littering from cars but I’ve seen little evidence of this. Even a fag-end is pollution.

You can still enjoy your driving and take pleasure from your car but by going the extra mile you can feel good about it too!

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