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ON THE ROAD
AGAIN — SUMMER CAR
CARE TIPS


Going driving this summer? Summer driving can take its toll on our environment and our health. Ground-level ozone, also called smog, is formed when vehicle emissions mix with sunlight and heat. It can result in lung irritation and breathing difficulty, especially in the summer.

Before you leave home, make sure your car is ready for hot weather. That will ensure that your car works safely and efficiently, costs less to drive, and produces less pollution — and that your summer travel doesn’t take a wrong turn! Here are some tips to keep you sailing safelydown the summer road:


EARTH-SAFE SUMMER DRIVING TIPS

1. Observing the speed limit isn’t just a matter of safety and obeying the law, it can also save you money. In highway driving, over half the energy needed to move your car down the road goes to overcoming aerodynamic drag (that is, pushing air out of the way). The faster you go, the greater the drag. Using your air conditioning while driving on the highway can reduce the drag of an open window, improving gas mileage.

2. Anticipating traffic conditions is another good way to increase fuel efficiency. Nearly half the energy needed to power your vehicle in the city goes to acceleration. Unnecessary braking wastes that energy. Avoiding extreme acceleration reduces unneeded braking and can improve fuel economy by up to 10%.

3. Avoid idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait. Instead of idling at a drive-up window, park the car and go in. Idling burns more gas than restarting the engine.


Written By: Earth Share

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