how to make your car more eco friendly

Subaru has a long-established reputation as one of the most eco-friendly car manufacturers in the market. For the company, being “green” was never a trend; instead, it was a founding principle. If you own a Subaru, even if it’s not a hybrid, you likely marveled at its clean and fuel efficient design—especially if you own a PZEV model like the Outback or Forester. 

Even with all of the features of a Subaru and the company’s emphasis on being eco-friendly, there are ways you can maintain your vehicle to achieve maximum greenness. Here, we’ll discuss several ways to make your car more eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.

6 Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

1. Remove extra weight. 

Does your trunk look like an extra closet? It might be time to purge it. The more your car weighs, the more fuel it uses. Removing excess weight can help you bump up your fuel economy and be a little more environmentally conscious.

2. Fill under-inflated tires. 

Have you checked the pressure in your tires lately? Under-inflated tires don’t roll as efficiently as fully-inflated tires, meaning your car will have to work harder to move along the road. Most vehicles have sensors to alert you to low tire pressure, but you can also invest in a simple tire pressure gauge to check it manually. Filling your tires to a full capacity can help you drive smoother and use less fuel to get along. 

3. Avoid using the AC. 

Blasting your AC on a hot summer day might feel nice, but it’s not great for the environment. Turning up the air conditioning can increase the strain on your car’s electrical system and, in turn, make your engine work harder. Rolling down the windows can be the environmentally conscious alternative.

4. Check your emissions systems regularly.

A Subaru’s emissions system cleans and minimizes the exhaust fumes coming from the tailpipe. If something goes wrong, it could lead to the build up of greenhouse gases. In most states with stricter environmental laws, you’re required to have an emissions test performed on your vehicle before renewing your tag each year. In Washington State, as of January 2020, vehicle owners are no longer required to have their vehicle’s emissions tested before renewing their registration—but that shouldn’t stop you! SImply ask your mechanic to perform an emissions test to ensure your car is eco-friendly.

5. Perform routine maintenance. 

Regular maintenance check-ups can help you to understand and improve your car’s longevity, reliability, and fuel economy. Oil changes should be completed every 5,000 miles. Spark plugs, oxygen sensors, and engines are just a few of the mechanics that can corrode or break down over time. With a tune up, you’ll be sure everything is in good shape.

6. Drive with a purpose.

How you drive makes a big difference. Aggressive driving—like revving the engine, quick acceleration, or burning out at a stop light—can burn unnecessary amounts of fuel. Only take trips when necessary and avoid detours, if possible. When the road is clear, use cruise control to achieve maximum efficiency.

Suburb Service: How We’re Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue offering service for your Subaru. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love.

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