Monday, August 28, 2017

Your Guide to Make Your Toyota Rides Greener

There are things everyone can do on a daily basis to reduce their impact on the environment. This is something that even vehicle manufacturers have recognized and are indeed working very hard to improve. New cars and new trucks are being made as eco-friendly as possible. And, aside from buying a hybrid or electric vehicle, there are certain things you too can do to make driving around in your vehicle more eco-friendly - even if you're driving a regular petrol vehicle.

The following are 5 easy ways in which you can make driving a much greener and eco-friendly activity.

Anticipate Your Brakes

When you accelerate quickly and suddenly press on the brakes in order to stop, you end up using more gas than you would if you kept an even speed and gradually eased into braking. It is therefore, highly recommended that you calculate the time when you will have to brake, and gradually ease into it by lifting your foot off the accelerator before actually pressing on the brake. Though it will take some practice to perfect, you can also do this when you're driving in traffic. Besides, it is always a good thing to be vigilant of all the vehicles that are ahead of you.

Shift Up Early

Vehicle engines run at their best when the RPM stays between 2,000 and 3,000. Manual transmission owners can cut down on gas by maintaining optimal RPMs of approximately 2,000, which also means knowing when to shift gears.

Tip: It is best to shift to the highest gear possible as early as you can, and when climbing a hill, go down to the gear you need to and maintain the accelerator to no more than 3/4ths of the down.

Let Go of the Extra Weight

It is only natural for us to accumulate more things in our cars than we actually need. You must therefore make it a point to clean out the excess clutter. The more things you have in the vehicle, the heavier it gets, and the more it will have to work. Don’t skip cleaning out your trunk, which is forgotten about the most, also take off your roof rack if you have one (unless you really need it).

Optimal Tires and Pressure

Not all tires are made alike – some tires are made for Toyota Trucks Matthews and off-road adventures while others are design for city driving and pavement. Getting the best and most lightweight tires that match your needs can reduce the weight of your vehicle and, therefore, should reduce fuel consumption.

It is recommended that you regular check tire pressure for the purpose of both safety and fuel efficiency. Too low of tire pressure can be dangerous and it also increases resistance resulting in more fuel use. Check your vehicles manual to see the recommended tire pressure levels.

Do Not Idle (except in traffic)

If the duration of your stop is longer than a few minutes, it is best to turn the car off to avoid burning unnecessary gas. This rule, however, is not applicable when you're sitting in traffic. In case you are caught-up in a traffic jam, you must keep the car on, so that you can move as soon as the traffic moves.

You must keep in mind that the amount of gas that will be used in turning off and re-starting the engine is equivalent to the amount of gas that will be burnt when you sit idle for 10 seconds. Sitting with the engine running for any longer than that duration is nothing but a waste of money.

By following these simple steps, you can make your ride much more eco-friendly and be a more environmentally-conscious driver. The best thing is that you can contribute making the environment greener and cleaner even as you own a conventional gas-powered vehicle!