Going Green: Maintain Your Vehicle

 

Another way to “drive green” is to properly maintain your vehicle. Read more to find out how to reduce the environmental impact of your vehicle!

Maintain Your Vehicle
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), vehicles and trucks contribute significantly to carbon monoxide pollution and ground-level ozone, a major component of smog. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you can improve your fuel economy, prolong the life of your vehicle, and prevent it from leaking emissions that can harm the environment. The following are easy ways to maintain your vehicle for optimal performance and to minimize environmental impact:
  • Follow the proper maintenance procedures outlined in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It will not only pay off for the environment, but for you as well—making your vehicle last as much as 50% longer, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
  • Keep your engine properly tuned. According to the ASE, one misfiring spark plug can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Properly inflate and regularly rotate your tires. By keeping your tires in check, you can prevent uneven wear, which can shorten the life of your tires and make your engine work harder. You’ll also save money by avoiding unnecessary wear and tear on your engine.
  • Dispose of used motor oil properly. Fast lube oil change service centers, like Jiffy Lube, do this for you if you bring your vehicle there for service. Do-It-Yourselfers should also take their used oil to a Jiffy Lube service center or another collection facility for proper disposal. Just one gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can potentially contaminate one million gallons of drinking water.
Jiffy Lube of Indiana wants to help you “drive green.” Just stop on by one of our locations and a qualified technician will provide the maintenance you need to optimize your vehicle and lower your environmental footprint.
Photo Credit: “Cord Woodruff”
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