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We can all do things large and small to reduce our carbon footprint. Whether your car is new or old, big or small, there are preventative maintenance steps every vehicle owner can take to "go green" with your car . Here are some vehicle related tips that you can use to help protect our planet.

  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
  • Change your car’s air filter regularly. When your air filter is clogged, replacing it could save you as much as 10% on your car's gas mileage.
  • When you top off your gas tank past the automatic shutoff warning “click,” you release unnecessary gas fumes into the environment and risk the possibility of wasting fuel through spillage. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap also allows gas to escape from your tank as a vapor, wasting fuel and increasing vehicle emissions. It's also waiting your gas money!
  • Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenence or repairs. 
  • Have spark plugs checked and replaced if necessary. A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in a lot of heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes misfiring, which wastes fuel.
  • Get the junk out of the trunk and other items out of your car (with exception of emergency items such as a spare tire, first-aid kit, and car safety kit). Extra items weigh the vehicle down and cause an increase in gas usage. 
  • When possible, use your vehicles cruise control features. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braked can reduce gas mileage - as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

These are just a few simple, yet highly effective, ideas that will help you go green with your car. Happy Earth Day from your friends at

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