Keeping Your Car Green

4-19-2016

Keeping your car green takes a bit of planning, but just with how you drive and the maintenance you perform on the vehicle on a regular basis. Since you need to do maintenance at SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia anyway, the only thing left is to change some of your driving habits.

Maintenance

Keep your vehicle – even if it’s brand new – properly tuned. This means following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Check the spark plugs, replace any emission system parts when needed and keep the filters changed. If you keep your vehicle properly maintained, you can improve gas mileage by up to 4 percent. If an oxygen sensor is not working properly, you can decrease fuel economy by up to as much as 40 percent.

Driving Smart

When you can, use cruise control. This keeps your vehicle at an even speed, which saves on gas usage. When you are coming to a light, slow down sooner rather than later. If you time it right, you may not have to come to a complete stop before the light turns green. Starting from any speed is always better than starting from a dead stop as you need less power to get back up to speed.

Don’t tailgate others. They may not be driving economically, and they’ll cause you to drive at uneven speeds, which uses gas. Keep at least six car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. Not only does this give you room to maneuver if the vehicle in front of you does something crazy or gets in an accident, but it allows you to keep the same speed even if that vehicle drops a mile per hour or three. You could lose up to 33 percent fuel economy on the highway with rapid acceleration and deceleration.

Additional Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Green

Park in the shade when you can; and use a reflective windshield shade to keep the interior of your vehicle cooler. The air conditioning system will work less to cool off the inside if the interior is cooler to start with.

Remove anything that is not needed from the trunk and cargo areas. Anything that is not needed just adds weight, which uses more gas.

Check your tires to ensure they have the proper tire pressure. If the tire pressure is too low, you could lose up to 3.3 percent fuel efficiency because of the extra resistance on the road, not to mention, extra wear on the tires.

Visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia

When it’s time for maintenance, be sure to call our service department at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia to schedule an appointment. Keep your vehicle well maintained to keep it green.

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