Car Maintenance For Greener Driving

To extend the life and cost efficiency of your vehicle, regular maintenance is imperative. When the engine of your car is not in good condition, it burns more gas per mile and can potentially pollute the air. If you really want to “go green’, at the following to your maintenance list.

Tire Pressure

Incorrect tire pressure can reduce fuel mileage. It’s recommended that you check them at least a couple of times a month and ideally once a week. When the tires are underinflated the car won’t drive as smoothly, it will burn excess fuel, and it will take longer to accelerate to the wanted speed.

If they are not properly aligned, this will also burn more fuel because of the drag that’s created when driving.


Leaving the car idling while waiting on a friend or running inside for a quick errand may seem like a good idea- especially when trying to maintain the internal temp of the car. However, it is better for the engine life of the car to simply turn off and leave off until you are ready to start driving again.


Joining an existing carpool or creating one with your neighbors or coworkers can save everyone money and reduce the impact of air pollution. It will also mean lower mileage in your car which can result in cheaper insurance premiums.

Public Transportation

Instead of driving, if you can use the train or bus to get to work you just might find that in some ways it’s easier than taking your car.

It will almost certainly cost a lot less to take public transportation rather than driving your car which puts wear and tear on the car, increases its mileage, and burns gas. If you have to pay for parking that’s an additional cost and another incentive to use public transportation. Once you begin using public transportation, you are highly likely to enjoy it and wonder why you didn’t start sooner.