6 Green Driving Tips

Being green can have more widespread impacts than just cutting down on pollution and the negative impact on the environment.  Being green can help save you money on gas and vehicle maintenance, increase the longevity of your vehicle and can help you stay safe while driving.

Here are 6 Green Driving Tips that not are not only good for the environment but good for your vehicle:

  1. Slow down- Fuel economy decreases about 1% for each mph over 55. Driving 65 mph vs. 75 mph, for example, increases fuel economy by about 10%.
  2. Avoid quick starts and aggressive driving- A smooth, steady speed saves gasoline and reduces wear and tear on the engine, tires, transmission and brakes
  3. Use overdrive and cruise control- Overdrive gears slows engine speeds, saving gasoline and reducing wear. By helping to maintain a constant speed, cruise control reduces gasoline consumption.
  4. Combine trips when possible- Your engine runs more efficiently once it’s warmed up, so avoid making multiple short trips. Stop and go driving also burns more gasoline. Avoid driving during rush hour whenever you can.
  5. Reduce drag- Remove roof racks and other items from your vehicle when you’re not using them.
  6. Avoid unnecessary idling- In addition to contributing to engine wear and tear and air pollution, consider that when your vehicle is idling, you are getting 0 miles per gallon.