These days we are constantly looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with our cars. It not only helps to generally keep our world clean and livable but also and helps keep our vehicles running safely and efficiently. Drivers can work to achieve these goals by following  these easy steps we learned from the non-profit group, the Car Care Council.

Follow a vehicle service schedule: Regular auto maintenance may be a bit of a hassle, but it will definitely pay off in the long run. Taking your car back to the shop during the recommended miles for an oil change usually includes a check-up on engine performance tires dire inflation and wear, a look at or the replacing of air filters, a look at your gas cap and the fluid levels of your vehicle all kept at proper levels Routine maintenance not only saves you from potential need of repairs but if you vehicle is operating as it should it can help to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving you a quick buck at the pump.

Keep your current vehicle longer: A car is an investment, sure the value depreciates over time but unless you plan on having an entire fleet of cars in a museum or warehouse, there’s really no point in constantly buying a new car or cars and/or selling the one you already have. It is wise to limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly or even looking into vehicle service contracts from you dealer or 3rd-party companies. You’ll actually gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.

Recycle Used OilWhen they are no longer usable, Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids etc:  Recycling in general is a commonly accepted courtesy for the environment but especially as it pertains to cars. When performing maintenance or repairs instead of hoarding or improperly disposing of the stuff you don’t need, take extra care to help protect the planet and minimize clutter.

Repower your engine: When you as a driver and vehicle owner are faced with serious engine trouble, having a remanufactured/rebuilt engine can actually give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car. This will save you money and time as well as help in the larger picture of the environment.

All of this information can be found on the Car Care Council’s site. Their executive, director, Rich White states on the site, “Being car care aware and performing basic vehicle maintenance go a long way toward protecting the environment and improving fuel economy.” They even have a free customized service schedule and email reminder service makes it easy to stay on schedule and keep your cars running efficiently should you so be inclined. Another way this group has set about helping owners take care of their car and take steps to keep things environmentally friendly, they’ve published a guide that goes beyond the steps we’ve outlined here today.