9 ways you can reduce vehicle pollution- leaving less carbon footprint on the environment
May 5, 2022
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Vehicular pollution is one of the biggest concerns today. According to studies, cars and trucks that transport goods and people create approximately 38% of total climate change emissions. However, Checking vehicular emissions not only contributes to a cleaner environment but also leads to a better fuel economy in the future. This blog discusses the top 9 easy and efficient ways that can help you reduce emissions from your vehicle.
Keeping your car in the garage is the ultimate way of cutting down on your own carbon footprint in the world. Use public transportation and carpool. And whenever you are travelling a short distance, cycle or walk.
Drive smart and efficiently. Drive at a steady speed. Make sure that you are easy on the brakes and gas pedal in order to cut down on car pollution. Also, avoid idling, and don’t waste fuel by burning it while you are not driving. Given below are some points to keep in mind to ensure that you are driving wise are as follows:
Break early, and bring your vehicle to a steady stop rather than a sudden one.
Accelerate gently, and don’t crush the gas pedal every time.
When the traffic light is red, switch off the engine.
Get your vehicle PUC certified “Pollution under control.”
It is mandatory for every vehicle owner to get a PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate. The PUC or pollution certificate states the confirmation of the fact that your vehicle is emitting pollutants that are within the permissible limits only. Therefore, it is crucial to get a PUC certificate because otherwise, your vehicle is adding a great contribution to environmental pollution.
Reduce the overall weight of your car
It is a well-known fact that bigger vehicles have less mileage. It is because the engine needs extra for the engine to move when there is extra weight, and this, in turn, means extra fuel consumption. Therefore, by reducing the extra weight of the vehicle, the load on the engine is decreased, thereby reducing the unburnt hydrocarbon emissions.
The overall weight of vehicles can be achieved by either reducing its size (downsizing), or by changing the material composition- substituting a material such as steel (the dominant vehicle material) with wrought aluminium. On a personal level, one can make sure you are not carrying any unnecessary baggage while travelling to reduce pollution.
Opt low rolling resistance tires
The low rolling resistance tires provide more mileage as they need less effort to move. More mileage comes with the advantage of less emission, and therefore low resistance tires can help to decrease CO2 emissions and local pollutants such as CO emissions for gasoline and NOx emissions for diesel engines. In addition to an increased vehicle emission, the sub-optimal tire pressure also results in a compromised fuel economy. Therefore, go for low rolling resistance tires when it is time to change them.
Change the oil frequently.
Engine oil is the substance that keeps the vehicle moving. It cleans, cools, and lubricates the engine, thereby preventing it from any wear and tear. Replacing the engine oil periodically freshens the engine and ensures its efficient running, which helps in reducing the car’s emissions. Also, only use a good quality oil as recommended by the manufacturer.
Attend the air filter
Air filters are an important component of the engine that cleans the air and ensures that few contaminants can affect the performance. However, with time, the air filter can accumulate too much dirt, become clogged, and eventually cause higher emissions of pollutants. Therefore, it is important to check your air filter regularly. Also, make sure to add a cleansing agent into the tank before you run the car.
Switch to CNG
Alternative fuels, such as CNG, are much cleaner than gasoline and diesel and emit less gas and fewer toxic contaminants. For instance, for the same distance travelled, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) emissions are very low. According to studies, some other alternative fuels-such as those made from cellulosic biofuels can reduce emissions by 80 percent compared to gasoline. In addition, switching to alternative fuel vehicles significantly reduces evaporation emissions too.
Choose Fuel-efficient vehicles
According to studies, fuel-efficient vehicles reduce pollution and smog by at least 50%. Fuel-efficient cars need less fuel to run, and therefore, the amount of gas that we use up in commuting reduces drastically. When choosing a vehicle for your needs, it is best to refer to the EPA’s fuel economy and environment label so that you can compare different models of vehicles and find the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly car.
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