At this point, there is no doubt that CO2 coming out of the exhaust pipe of cars is a major cause of pollution in cities. However, if there is no choice but to use the car, World Environment Day is a good time to remember that the impact of vehicles can be reduced if some premises are taken into account.
The first thing we must be clear is that a car pollutes mainly for three reasons: the emissions of polluting gases, produced by combustion engines; the high fuel consumption, derived from an inefficient driving; and the waste generated during its repair or maintenance, especially when we are not careful with our vehicle. No. 1 You Should Know Very Important…
15. Do not leave the car running.
If we are going to stop for more than a minute it is advisable to stop the engine to stop emitting gases. It would be desirable to banish practices as common in summer as waiting for a long time for someone with a running engine and air conditioning set to be cooler.
14. Check the exhaust pipe and catalyst.
The exhaust system of cars is the place where attempts are made to catch as much as possible of harmful substances derived from combustion before they are released into the atmosphere, so it is imperative to ensure that there are no leaks. On the other hand, poor combustion of the engine can produce more smoke. You can distinguish the problems of the car according to the color of the smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.
13. Don’t run.
Moderate speed is a good solution against carbon footprint. It is advisable to avoid accelerations, as when we leave a traffic light or want to make an overtaking. Of course, it is not good to give small accelerates in neutral, neither when we start, nor when we stand at a zebra crossing or traffic light.
12. Use appropriate gears.
Always leave in first and gradually switch to second and third before revolutionizing the engine more than the count. A couple of associations inside this site may provoke various destinations, including those worked and kept up by outsiders. Then it is desirable overdrive with long riggings and with low upheavals, continually keeping up a consistent speed. Right now motor will be increasingly vented and will deliver less ignition. In gas motors, it is smarter to switch gears around 2,000 cycles for each moment; in any case, in diesel somewhere in the range of 1,500 and 2,000.
11. Check the battery and ignition systems.
Both spark plugs in petrol vehicles and heaters in diesel must be in good condition as they provide the engine with much more efficient combustion. It is precisely badly burned fuels that are the main causes of pollution.
10. Car sharing.
This is one of the best options to decontaminate cities because it reduces the number of cars releasing smoke in our cities. There are several car-sharing options, including those that allow us to enjoy the same car to several people. If we also opt for an electric car time rental service, we will ensure that our journey is 100% zero emissions.
- Reduce fuel consumption
It is clear that the more fuel our car consumes, the more carbon footprint it will leave in the atmosphere, so we should take into account some practices that allow us to control this consumption. What can we do?
9. Plan the route well.
Choosing the shortest and least congested route will certainly help to reduce the emission of gases.
8. Limit the use of air conditioning.
The air conditioner spends 20% more fuel, so it should be turned off at times when it is not so necessary. Like, for example, when we go slow and we can lower the windows. Despite what might be expected, on the off chance that we speed up and convey the windows open, notwithstanding being a torment for the ears, the vehicle has less optimal design and requires more fuel to circulate, so it pollutes more.
7. Check the wheels.
Both tire pressure, tread condition, and tread depth (never less than 1.6 mm) directly influence the total consumption of a vehicle. Therefore, they should be reviewed once a month and cold.
6. Avoid excess baggage.
It is not advisable to overload the car, let alone use the trunk as a place of storage since for every 100 kilos of extra weight increases fuel expenditure by 5%. On the other hand, wearing the roof rack (if not used) also means unnecessary fuel consumption.
5. Keep the injection system clean.
It is one of the best ways to avoid higher fuel consumption.
4. Check the oil filter.
A well-lubricated engine ejects less smoke and also keeps the oil filter clean so that air enters correctly directly influences consumption.
3. Anticipate maneuvers.
Driving ahead avoiding sudden braking and knowing how to manage the vehicle’s inertia to make better use of fuel will also help us reduce CO2. For example, if when you reach a red light, you stop stepping on the accelerator to take advantage of the momentum instead of braking suddenly when you reach it, you will move without having to spend fuel.
2. Keep the car ready.
Make the necessary periodic checks to prevent further deterioration of the vehicle over time or use. It is important to keep an eye on the oil level as the correct greasing of the moving parts of the engine is what makes an engine last longer and does not have to replace parts due to the effect of friction. On the other hand, it is necessary to keep the steering and correct state of the shock absorbers well aligned to wear fewer wheels and brakes.
1. Buy a new car.
If the car is too old and only accumulates breakdowns and repairs, it is likely to contaminate much more. In this case, the ideal is to consider acquiring a new one, although normally the economy does not accompany the intention in these cases. But, if possible, it is best to opt for an electric vehicle that provides 0 CO2 emissions. Or a hybrid, which will allow us to pollute as little as possible in cities.