More than a half million Eco-friendly vehicles which included carbon-cutting hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles, were sold in the U.S. during 2016, according to Green Car Reports. Despite this number being only a fraction of all cars sold, there is a growing market of new car buyers with a commitment to helping the environment. There are many reasons people decide to go green on four wheels so if you’re one of these people who want to do your bit for minimizing your carbon footprint and drive with a conscience, then read on to find out how you can make a difference.
If you’re buying an Eco-car
Your first step to buying one of the coolest green cars on the market is to decide which one will suit your needs the best:
Hybrid or electric?
- Hybrid cars can use both gas or electric to power it so they don’t necessarily have to be plugged in in order for them to drive as the gas engine will charge the electric one.
- Alternatively, an electric car only uses a rechargeable battery so there is no need for a fuel tank or exhaust pipe and you would never need to change the oil. Buying one of these types of cars will also give you tax breaks and lower any fuel costs.
Do your research and read reviews or forums to get the most informed choice about the vehicle you’re likely to personally benefit from the most.
If you already own a car
If buying an eco-friendly car isn’t a current option and you already own a car, there are still ways you can help the environment and drive greener. The way we drive has an impact on how much fuel we use and how much fumes we emit so driving slower, accelerating and braking more gently will all contribute to fuel economy and safer driving. It’s also a good idea to check your tires to ensure they’re inflated to the recommended tire pressure which can help save an average amount of fuel by at least three percent.
If you’re looking for alternatives
Whatever type of vehicle you look at, there are other ways to help lower emissions and save money. If you live in an urban area, consider joining a carpool for commuting into work, either by accepting lifts from people or offering lifts in your own vehicle. The benefits of joining a carpool will also contribute to lowering traffic congestion, our dependency on oil and will also give you a break from driving every day.
Whatever your reasons for going green with your choice of car travel, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be helping our planet be a greener and healthier place to live in for years to come.