The winter is especially a good time of year to make sure that your vehicle is operating in the environmentally friendliest way possible. Your vehicle can continue to run without putting too much strain on the environment by making sure that all the right additions and repairs have been made to last through the season. Here are some of the best ways to keep your vehicle environmentally friendly this winter.
Get an Emissions Check
An emissions check will let you know how much your vehicle is contributing to air pollution from the fumes that are emitted. Air pollution is often at higher levels during the winter because of the temperature inversion that’s known to trap more pollutants in the air, and your vehicle could be contributing to this problem if its emission levels are too high. Plus, your vehicle is likely to sit longer idling during the winter as you wait for your car’s engine and heater to warm up, and having unhealthy emission levels can further exacerbate the problem.
Use an Engine Warmer
An engine warmer is a great alternative to letting your car sit running because it cuts down on air pollution from your vehicle. Oil also thickens in cold temperatures, and having an engine warmer in place can help reduce this problem and make starting your car easier during the winter. An engine warmer can also help your vehicle start faster by increasing battery output that often lessens in colder temperatures. You can find engine warming devices that can be hooked up to all types of motorized vehicles.
Maintain Your Transmission
Preventing mechanical problems that affect your transmission can also be good for the environment. Staying on top of your transmission maintenance can keep your transmission from leaking potentially dangerous fluid onto roadways. Transmission fluid that doesn’t contain as many hazardous chemicals and is formulated to be better for the planet can be found in stores. If you suspect that your transmission is experiencing problems, it’s best to visit a transmission shop before the start of winter.
Use a Tailpipe Filter
A tailpipe exhaust filter works by reducing particulate emissions, which can be more dangerous for air quality during the winter. Getting a tailpipe filter that fits correctly over your vehicle’s tailpipe and doesn’t cause backpressure will be a great addition for your vehicle. The right tailpipe filter can also help your vehicle run more efficiently, which will be especially important throughout the winter season.
You can do good things for both your vehicle and the environment by taking measures to ensure environmental responsibility with your vehicle during the winter. In addition to helping the environment, the right modifications can help your vehicle last longer.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.