How to Green the Car You Have

By the Care2 Staff.

We can’t all afford to buy a hybrid, but we can still make a positive difference to the environment. How you drive and how well you maintain your vehicle can all help.

Read these three great tips for reducing emissions from your car and increasing fuel economy and efficiency.

1. Obey the speed limit. Your fuel economy is lowered by about 10 percent when you drive 75 mph instead of 65 mph. Driving over the speed limit can also increase tailpipe pollution in many vehicles.

2. Unload. Even 100 pounds of extra weight in your car can reduce fuel economy by 1 percent. Take a minute to unload your trunk or back seat.

3. Combine trips. Once your engine and catalysts are warmed up, they create much less pollution.

Or you could check out converting your car to biodiesel or hydrogen:

Convert your car to hydrogen.


Jerry t.
Jerold t6 years ago

How green is it when you junk the damned thing?
I have never seen a green auto plant. But I have worked at an auto paint company. Nothing green there, even the neighborhood trees had to be replaced every two or three years. And the retiree health records are locked away from public scrutiny. I no longer work there, too many body rashes and scalp lesions. It's scary.
Bio fuels starve 3rd world countries.
Google the environmental cost of making hydrogen.
Green transportation is best done with feet.
We want a green revolution? Oh boy!

Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

Thank you for these helpful tips. We can all help reduce oil use and the need for drilling and pipelines.

Saroey E.
Ra S7 years ago


Stefani S.
Stefani A7 years ago

Thank you

Jill Waldrep
Jill W7 years ago

I have a hard time driving the speed limit...and keeping my car clean and unloaded. This was a great reminder! Thanks!

mr Crowley
mr Crowley7 years ago

i have to admit that i don't really drive all too fuel efficiently, cause i don't want to have the whole fun taken out of driving.

Jeramie D.
Jeramie D7 years ago

Thank you for reminding me to combine trips to the bank and store.

Jan C.
j C7 years ago

Having windows open can reduce gas mileage, too. Other items to keep in mind are having your tires properly filled with air, maintaining an even speed while driving, and keeping your engine clean. Also, accelerating slowly instead of gunning it. I believe stick shifts also do better, but I could be wrong.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado7 years ago

I have complained about this idling but they will not listen. The fumes give me a headache.