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.
For more information about vehicle maintenance and safety, visit CarCareCanada.ca.