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Green Driving Tips: How To Go Green While Still Driving a Car

The Canadian government announced in 2018 that they are investing $182.5 million in green infrastructure and clean technologies to continue their efforts and commitments to increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on Canada’s roads. While this is a great step in the right direction, some residents are left wondering what they can do while they still own a gas-fueled car and live too far away from work or school to utilize public transportation.

The great news is that you don’t have to do away with your car completely to reduce your impact on the environment and commit to a green lifestyle. Armed with these green driving tips, you’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint while also saving money.

Keep Up With the Maintenance

If you’re taking your car in for its regular maintenance check ups, you’ll ensure that it’s operating at maximum efficiency. This will allow you to reduce emissions while also burning less gas and preventing future trouble that might lead to more damage to the environment such as leaks and poor filter quality. This type of maintenance should include checking the spark plugs, as worn spark plugs can cause misfires that lead to wasted fuel, and replacing emission system parts, which can improve gas mileage up to 40%.

Reduce the Amount of Fuel You Burn

You’ll not only be cutting down on potential accidents due to the dangers of driving over the speed limit, you won’t burn as much fuel, which means you’ll be cutting down on the amount of emissions your car emits into the air. If you drive just 10 km slower than you normally do, you could save as much as 25% of your fuel. You can reduce the amount of fuel you’re burning by also avoiding sudden stops, leaving your car in idle while you wait, and only using air conditioning when you need it.

Drive to Work with Co-Workers

Even though the state of Ontario has just awarded millions of dollars in funding for 136 rural public transportation projects statewide, it still might not be accessible to some people. If you have to commute to work or school every day and live too far away to take advantage of public transportation, try carpooling with a friend or co-worker. It makes sense if you are all headed to the same place, as you’ll be able to cut down on the fuel you’re burning and save money while still getting to your destination on time.

The Little Differences Make the Biggest Impacts

By following these tips, you should be able to ease your eco-conscience while still embracing a green lifestyle. Going green doesn’t have to be done all at once, and the most important part is that you commit to helping when and where you can. After all, it’s the little things that have the biggest impact, and it’s no different when talking about helping the environment.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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