Being eco friendly means a number of things beyond merely purchasing, for example, eco-friendly products. For example, just because you have an eco-friendly car doesn’t mean you’re doing all you can to reduce your impact on the environment.
Further, eco-friendly products, like green cars, also tend to be more expensive. So, it makes sense to try find ways to take action now. One key way to do this is to examine how we handle our driving. Considering the enormous damage cars already do to the environment, that merely owning a green car isn’t sufficient, all of us who drive can take proper steps now to do better by the planet.
For example, taking care of your car is itself a good way to be eco-friendly: extending the life of your car means using the same product. And by using the same product, it means you don’t acquire a new one – which itself means more harm done to the planet. Instead, you are focused on reducing the impact on one. For example, maintaining your car means rotating your tires.
“Rotating your tires on a regular basis is an easy and inexpensive way to maximize the life of your tires and prevent having to replace those tires prematurely.”
Driving slowly and more carefully is also beneficial. You use less fuel this way, for example, and put less wear and tear on your car. All of this reduces the impact you will have using your vehicle.
You can also find ways to encourage better driving through road use. For example, if you’re a business, you can put in place barriers like speedgates to help reduce how fast cars are able to travel. This means slower driving, which ties into our previous point of wanting more people to drive slower.
Other kinds of driving behaviours are not even considered. For example, an idle car is often worse than one that is driving. As Treehugger notes:
“Idling cars slow down the catalytic converter, which is what helps keep emissions down, but only works when it is hot. If a car is going to be sitting for more than 30 seconds, it is better to shut it off, even though turning it on will use a burst of gas. While “an hour of idling can produce 2.36kg of carbon dioxide.””
By using these various interventions, we can do better by the planet and ourselves.