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What Exactly Makes a Car Eco-friendly?

Right now, it seems like “eco-friendly” is the biggest buzz word in the car world at the minute. Drivers and vehicle owners want to make sure that their cars are as eco-friendly as possible and car manufacturers are entirely focused on producing and developing the most eco-friendly vehicle possible.

But do we just have to sit and wait until the latest green car comes on the market in order to own an eco-friendly car? That’s actually not always the case. In fact, there are ways you can turn your not-so-eco-friendly car and make it a little easier on the environment. Read on to find out how you can do that and just what exactly makes a car eco-friendly.

The Color

You might not realize it, but the color of your car actually has an impact in how environmentally friendly it is. No, I’m not joking at all! The greenest car color is actually white. This is all to do with the effect that the car’s exterior has on the interior temperature. White and other pale shades will do a better job of reflecting sunlight off the car’s body. However, black and darker colors actually absorb all the sunlight and accompanying heat. So, next time you need some auto body paint supplies, look for pale colors that won’t absorb a load of heat. That way, by driving a pale-colored car, you will probably be a lot more comfortable on a hot summer’s day, and will be less likely to turn on the air conditioning.

Mercedes Benz interiorSteady Use Of Fuel

Your driving could also be affecting just how eco-friendly your ride is. If you drive quite erratically, you will be using a lot more fuel than a much smoother and slower driver. So, it always pays to be a careful driver and to pay attention to speed limits out on the road. You might also want to consider switching to a manual car as well, as this has been proven to help you use a steady amount of fuel.

No Extras

Got your eye on a cool new fender to add on to the body of your car? Don’t be temped to get it! Adding extras onto the body of the car can actually make it less streamlined, which will increase its fuel consumption. You should keep the car in the state it was when you bought it – so don’t ruin any of those smooth curves in its body. After all, they are there for a reason!

Needs To Be Built To Last

When looking for a new car, you should look for a vehicle that is built to last. There’s no point buying a state-of-the-art eco car that is exceptionally fuel efficient if it will need replacing in a few years. Firstly, it’s going to cost you a lot in the long run, but it also means that the car’s production process will be increased, which could have a negative effect on the environment.

Hopefully, you can now make your car a little greener!

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