Drive smarter without buying a hybrid – Conserve Energy and Resources

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

Make any car tread more gently with a few easy fixes. For starters, turn off your auto if you linger more than 30 seconds: It takes less energy to kill and then reignite the engine. You can also worry less about that oil change, say Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of NPR’s Car Talk. Today’s lubricants generally last 5,000 miles, not 3,000, but read your owner’s manual to see what’s OK for your wheels. Finally, evict junk from the trunk and remove roof racks you don’t need; excess weight forces the engine to work harder (and less efficiently).