Do you want a more environmentally friendly car?
3 easy ways to make your car more environmentally friendly.
A new year often brings new resolutions. For some, this may include the desire to live more sustainably. How can you include your vehicle in this resolution? Here, we explore 3 simple ways in which you can make your car more environmentally friendly.
Adhere to regular vehicle services
A regularly serviced car will not only improve vehicle performance and safety, it will also help the environment. A well maintained vehicle will consume less fuel and therefore help to minimise your carbon emissions as the engine will not be working overtime to keep your vehicle running. Not only this, but it will potentially save you money in the long run as regular servicing can prevent more costly, and unnecessary, repairs later on.
The kind of service your vehicle requires may depend on the type of vehicle you drive. When was the last time you had your car serviced? If you aren’t sure, you can refer to your owner’s manual for assistance.
The experienced technicians at your local BestDrive can advise and provide you with a service that meets the specific needs of your vehicle. We also offer Openpay on vehicle servicing, which means that you can maintain regular servicing intervals and pay for it over a period of time, interest free (conditions apply).
Maintain correct tyre pressures
No tyre is perfectly air-tight. Over time, air bleeds slowly through the tyre’s structure and it’s not unusual for a tyre to lose inflation pressure at a rate of between 1 and 3 psi per month. As a result, maintaining correct tyre pressure is an essential part of regular vehicle maintenance.
When your tyres are correctly inflated it can boost the fuel efficiency of your vehicle and promote good tyre life, both of which can improve how environmentally friendly your vehicle is.
You should check, and adjust as necessary, your tyre pressures once a month. The recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle can be located in your owner’s manual and vehicle placard.
Consider fuel efficient tyres
Did you know that there are eco tyres available that can further improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle? Rolling resistance has a significant effect on fuel consumption, which can be reduced through tread design and tread compound.
For example, Continental produces a range of quality eco-friendly tyres, including the EcoContact 6, which brings the newest and most advanced compounding technologies to their eco tyre line.
Continental EcoContact 6:
- The next generation in component geometry and high-tech compounds that delivers improvements in rolling resistance to reduce fuel consumption.
- Introducing Green Chili™2.0, a compound that offers significant improvements in mileage from its predecessor.
- A tailor-made tread pattern, developed through extensive R&D processes, that delivers optimised levels of grip and handling for the highest levels of driving safety.
You can also make your car more environmentally friendly through adopting appropriate driving techniques. These can help you to further improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle and prolong the life of your tyres. Operating a car can be costly, striving to make your car more environmentally friendly isn’t just good for the planet, it can save you money in the long run.
BestDrive offers a range of eco tyres, such as the Continental EcoContact6. We also provide a range of services to keep your vehicle running at its optimal best, including wheel alignment and balancing, mechanical repairs and log book servicing. Contact your local BestDrive store to see how we can be of service to you.
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