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Cars, trucks and other types of automobiles play a major role in today's society. Mobility is something we have all become dependent on.
But did you know the impact this mobility has on the air we breathe? Nearly two-thirds of the pollution released into our air is caused by cars, trucks and other mobile sources. This may be a surprise to many who typically think of factories & industry as the main source of pollution.
The type of vehicles we drive, the way we drive and how well our vehicles are maintained are all directly related to the amount of emissions released.
With California's stringent emission standards, many automobile manufacturers now offer vehicles that are 50 to 100% cleaner than the average car on the road. Becoming familiar with the marketplace choices allows you to select a vehicle that works best for your lifestyle and the environment. For a listing of low-emission vehicles now in the marketplace view the Drive Clean website, the Air Resources Board website or call the Air Resources Board at (916) 322-2990.
There have been a great variety of technology advancements in the past several years, such as the introduction of gasoline/electric hybrid engines, in addition to cleaner emission vehicles that run exclusively on gasoline.
There are three increasingly cleaner emission standards to look for when shopping for a car. These vehicles have even lower emissions than California's basic vehicle emissions standards.
Basic Car: Average new 2001 model year car
ULEV: Ultra Low-Emission Vehicles are 50% cleaner
SULEV: Super Ultra Low-Emission Vehicles are 90% cleaner
ZEV: Zero-Emission Vehicles are 100% cleaner. No tailpipe emissions!!
An easy way to determine the emission rating of a vehicle is to check the Vehicle Emission Control Information Label, which is located under the hood.
Another important consideration is the fuel economy of the car. Gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles and pickups not only cost more to refuel but are also large polluters. If possible, purchase a smaller car for everyday needs and consider a rental when you need a bigger vehicle for occasional trips.
Practice these 10 driving tips and see how far you can stretch a gallon of gas!
With proper maintenance and care, your car will last longer and deliver more dependable, economical performance while polluting less. Take care of your car and your car will take care of you. Always refer to your vehicle's “owner's manual” or “scheduled maintenance guide” for recommended maintenance intervals and product specifications.
Get Regular Maintenance Checks
The key components to maintain are:
Motor Oil (follow your owner's manual)
Tires (follow your owner's manual)
Properly recycle used oil, oil filters, tires, coolant, batteries and air-conditioner refrigerant.
For other energy saving tip visit the Flex Your Power at the Pump website.
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