Everyone is taking their responsibility to the planet more serious. All the way from the manufacturer to the local repair shop, the auto industry has made huge leaps forward in the past few decades to help minimize the negative environmental impact of your car or truck.

Here are some tips on how you can make a difference as well. Every little change, when done by everyone, amounts to a huge impact. One other great thing about following these tips is that you not only help the local environment but can also save yourself some money on fuel.

Improve your gas mileage. This is the best way to minimize the carbon footprint of your vehicle.

  1. Have your vehicle serviced at the required intervals for tune ups and oil changes. This ensures your engine and all the systems are making the best use of the fuel you are giving it.
  2. Keep your tires in good working order and properly inflated. Improved traction means that every ounce of horsepower is being used as it should.
  3. Don’t travel with unnecessary weight. Every 100 pounds will reduce your fuel efficiency by 2%.
  4. Go the speed limit and avoid aggressive driving. Every 5 mph (miles per hour) you drive over 50 mph can lower your fuel efficiency by 7% or more. Making sudden changes in speed also waste fuel and put undue strain on your engine.
  • Avoid Idling for long periods of time. Not only are you releasing excessive exhaust into the air, but you are also wasting fuel.
  • Have your air conditioning system inspected annually. It’s important to make sure you are not leaking harmful gases into the atmosphere, even the more friendly refrigerants used today are still harmful according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A properly charged and functioning air conditioner also needs to work less to provide the cool air we require in the Florida heat.
  • If you do any fluid changes yourself, make sure you take the used fluids and filters to your local auto parts store or repair shop for proper disposal. Motor oil does not wear out, it just needs impurities such as dirt and moisture removed, which makes it a perfect candidate for recycling. Most other fluids that you change in your vehicle are considered hazardous and need to be disposed of properly so they don’t contaminate the local drinking water.
  • Recycle your tires. About 200 million tires are replaced each year. When you are buying new tires let us recycle them properly so they can find new life and not clogging up a landfill.
  • Recycle your batteries. Wherever you buy a new battery for your car or truck the shop selling the battery typically offers to recycle it. Batteries have reusable metals such as lead and recycling plants for batteries also ensure the hazardous materials are disposed of properly.
  • Elite Automotive Repair is proud to adhere to the strict state and federal guidelines that are in place to protect your family and ours. With your help we all can make a positive impact!