Cruising Green: 5 Tips for More Eco-Friendly Driving

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April 10, 2024

With climate change concerns growing, some people have started taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint while behind the wheel.

While you can go all in and buy an electric vehicle, there are actually things you can do with a gas-powered car that will use less fuel and reduce its emissions. With a little know-how and the right tech, you can play a part in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Lighten Your Load

First things first: Let’s talk about decluttering your ride. Lightening your vehicle’s load can improve its fuel efficiency.

So, if you are hauling around stuff that you don’t need all the time, you should unload your car before hitting the road. The lighter your car, the less fuel it guzzles.

As well, if you always drive around with a roof rack, it, too, adds to the car’s weight. Keep in mind that the roof rack also reduces aerodynamics, worsening your gas mileage even further. Remove the roof rack when not using it.

No Pedal to the Metal

If you have a need for speed, try practicing some restraint. Driving fast and furious might be exhilarating, but you’ll burn through fuel fast.

Instead, embrace a smoother driving style. Gradual acceleration and gentle braking not only save gas, but also make for a safer and more relaxed ride. Your passengers — and your wallet — will thank you.

Cruise Control to the Rescue

If you’ve got a highway ahead of you, why not let your cruise control take over, when it’s safe to do so? By maintaining a steady speed, cruise control helps optimize fuel efficiency, giving you more miles per gallon.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Underinflated tires increase rolling resistance, which means your engine has to work harder to keep those wheels turning. Not only is this a drain on fuel efficiency, but it’s also a safety hazard.
So, grab that tire gauge and make sure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

Consider Going Electric

Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about electric vehicles, which have zero tailpipe emissions and lower operating costs than gas-powered vehicles.

There’s an electric ride for every taste and budget for those that want to erase their vehicle’s carbon footprint.

While the prices of EVs are still higher than for other cars, they are coming down and there are new, less expensive ones expected to hit the U.S. market in the next few years.

This information is being provided for general informational purposes only. Meemic Insurance Company does not assume any liability in connection with providing this information.
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