Green Car Shopping Advise

That new car smell, responsiveness behind the wheel, and pulse quickening comes with a price – no matter how “green” the vehicle. Looking for some green car shopping advise?

Before anyone has even turned on a new car, it is responsible for 6 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the main factors being the construction, delivery, and marketing of the car.

Is A Green Car Right For Me?

Even though new cars are built to be more fuel efficient than their older siblings, The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) advises “. . . if you do relatively few miles it makes sense to keep your car for as long as it is reliable.” That being said, they also want you to keep in mind, “The greater your annual mileage [is], the greater the potential environmental saving from changing to a more fuel-efficient model.”    

Whenever you do drive you can stretch your mileage with the Green Blizzard tips in Hyper-Driving Techniques to get the most mileage out your car.

In addition to those tips, here are some other ways to optimize your gas mileage:

1. Keep the air filters clean – You can optimize your gas mileage by 10% just by maintaining the air filters.

2. Keep the tires inflated – can bump up gas mileage a few notches.

3. Change your oil – Also note, you can save 1-2% on overall fuel efficiency by using the brand of oil recommended by your car’s manufacturer.

4. Plan your trips – From the grocery store to the gym, you should plan your route to ensure you’re spending as little time on the road as necessary. This also prevents you from unexpectedly running into traffic jams (though in Atlanta this is nearly impossible!).

For those of you ready to spring for a green car, check out the review we have on the Ford Fiesta,  National Plug-In Day, Hybrids Are Now Mainstream, and Nissan Leaf.


About the author

Danielle Jappah

Danielle brings a touch of southern US charm to our writing team.Since points of view on climate change vary depending on resources, economies, and political viewpoints of the region, we wanted a southerner to expand our point of view. The U.S. South has its own unique POV on climate change and Danielle writes from her office in Atlanta inspiring southern naysayers to wake up and recognize what happening everywhere.