We often write about the newest electric vehicles and hybrid cars that are revolutionizing the automobile industry, and how these products make going green easier and more fun. But for many, due to financial situations, investing in a new car – especially one that could cost upwards of $40,000 – simply isn't an option.
But for readers who still want to be environmentally conscious, the good news is that there are vehicle maintenance habits and practices that are both greener than conventional methods, and will also save you money in the long run:
- Don't change the oil every 3,000 miles. Lots of mechanics will tell you that your car needs to come in for an oil change and lube every 3,000 miles, but the fact is that this is antiquated advice. According to AutoMedia.com, most owners can get away with every 5,000 miles, and if they use synthetic oils, every 7,000 miles. This will ensure that you're using less oil, and will save you money on maintenance costs.
- Keep tires properly inflated. If you've ever ridden a bike with a flat tire, you know how much more work it takes to pedal forward. It's no different with cars: If your tires are under-inflated, you'll see a decrease in gas mileage.
- Regularly replace air filters. When your car isn't getting enough air, the engine will create a "rich mixture", meaning more gasoline will go into the cylinders, thereby increasing the amount of carbon dioxide coming out of the exhaust pipe.