May 9, 2007

Regular vehicle maintenance can fight global warming

Toronto, Ontario – Car Care Canada, a non-profit advocacy group funded by the automotive aftermarket industry, has issued a list of pro-active methods motorists can use to lessen the impact of vehicle use on the environment.

“Many Canadians are concerned about the environmental affects of driving yet vehicles have become a necessity for most,” says Kelly Williams, spokesperson for the Be Car Care Aware campaign. “The fact is simple, regular vehicle maintenance makes a true difference.”

  • A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Replacing a clogged air filter could improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
  • Improper tire inflation may cause gas mileage to plummet by as much as 15%. Driving on underinflated tires may also reduce the life of tires by 15 % or more.
  • Driving aggressively on the highway can lower a vehicle’s gas mileage by 33%.
  • Carrying an extra 50 kilograms in the trunk may cut a vehicle’s fuel economy by 2%.
  • A loaded roof rack increases your car’s air drag and can pull down a vehicle’s mileage by 5%.
  • Air conditioning can negatively impact fuel economy by 10 to 20%.

Car Care Canada is conducting free Car Check Events in the following cities: Calgary (May 12), Guelph (May 26) and Montreal (May 26). The Car Check Events were started as a pilot program by Car Care Canada in May 2006 to provide a free service to consumers and to also gauge the condition of vehicles on Canada’s roadways. The failure rate was 78%. The goal of this spring’s events is to reduce the failure rate.

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