There are a few reasons why eco-friendly green vehicles are becoming more popular than other vehicles on the roads. In a recent study conducted by Korean researchers, it was found that older people might pay more for a hybrid car as it boosts their self-esteem and image. The study also found that in addition to social value, quality and price were major influences. Older people are right! Green cars are nicer to the environment and over time they could be nicer to your wallet too. Let’s see together 4 benefits of becoming an eco-friendly car driver.
GO GREEN BY CHOOSING WHITE
You may not realize that the color of a car makes it more or less eco-friendly. The lighter the hue, the less work that has to be done by your AC system. On a moderate summer day, the interior of a black car can heat up 10 degrees hotter than an identical white car. Also, white cars tend not to show dirt as much as many other colors do, meaning you can afford to wash your car less frequently.
LEARN HOW TO DRIVE MANUAL
Do you know how to drive using the old gear stick? If not, it might be worth your time investing in learning how to do so. Whilst most people tend to choose an automatic transmission versus a manual, a manual transmission is more efficient than an automatic at improving fuel economy. Manual cars also hold less fluid and require less frequent fluid changes.
DIESEL IS NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK
Diesel engines can sometimes get a bad rap when actually they are relatively eco-friendly. In addition to providing a better steady-state fuel economy than gas-powered engines, diesels often generate more low- and mid-range power than gas engines, giving your car a slightly more sporting feel to it. Also, diesel cars generally have a longer service life which can save you money.
SAY GOODBYE TO SUVs AND HELLO TO STATION WAGONS
SUVs are the kings of the road these days, but your best bet is to embrace a body style that’s almost prehistoric. Resisting the temptation of an SUV could help you and the environment. With interior space similar to many small SUVs, the station wagon delivers better fuel economy, better handling and better acceleration. Some more food for thought is that station wagons can provide you a little more room than the average sedan offers and many wagons get roughly the same fuel economy as their sedan counterparts.
It’s fair to say that as cool as a new red sports car, or a shiny black 4WD looks, it’s the greener cars that might end up being the biggest head turners over the next few years.
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