Kermit once said that “it’s not easy being green,” but when it comes to your car, the opposite is true. Consumers can help protect the environment and keep more “green” in their wallets by following a few simple steps from the Car Care Council.
- Hang onto your current vehicle and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You’ll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.
- Follow a vehicle service schedule including fuel-saving steps like performing regular tune-ups, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
- Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.
- Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car. To learn more, visit www.enginerebuilder.org.
“Basic vehicle maintenance goes a long way toward protecting the environment, extending vehicle life and improving fuel economy,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The Car Care Council’s free customized service schedule makes it easy to be green, drive smart and save money.”
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.