4 eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road

4 eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road

You put your vehicle through a lot this winter, but the warmer weather is finally here and that means you can enjoy driving once again.

Below are some eco-friendly car tips to get your back on the road and enjoying the upcoming summer months ahead.

1. Wash your car at a professional car wash. Winter months can be especially hard on your vehicle and washing your car is an easy first step to making your car feel new again. Using a professional car wash is a great way to protect the environment. According to the International Carwash Association, WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of water or less per car while recycling and filtering their water to prevent harmful chemicals from going into our rivers and streams. Professional car washes also remove salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle, which is a must after a long winter.  By comparison, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons per cycle, and a garden hose uses 63 gallons of water in just five minutes. You can learn more, and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.

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2. Give the inside a deep clean. Winter’s elements are hard on the outside of your car, but many people forget the abuse the vehicle’s interior takes as well. Think of how many times you’ve crawled into your vehicle with dirty, snowy feet and you can begin to understand why cleaning the inside is necessary. Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient clean. Then, wipe down interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the fabric and floor to remove dirt, sand, salt and dust.

3. Don’t forget the maintenance check. Winter is finally over, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.

4. How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task. Your tires list their recommended pressure on the side. If you can’t find it, you can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have a certified technician conduct an alignment test since it could have been thrown off by driving over pot holes during the winter months.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Nicole Isaacson says:

    I learned a typical water saving car wash uses less water than a washing machine. WOW!

  2. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I learned that using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water.

  3. erin dear ( says:

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment

  4. Kelly D says:

    I learned there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America, which adds to our pollution problem.

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    I learned: WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  6. Karen Glatt says:

    I learned that washing a car at home pollutes the environment by seeping into our water reservoirs and that washing at home uses 60 gallons of water. Water savers uses a lot less water, it uses less water than a washing machine!!

  7. Elena says:

    I learned that by reducing water pollution in our communities, we are protecting our streams, rivers and water tables.

  8. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Learned That I Have A Local WaterSavers wash Near Me With The Location Finder!

  9. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i learned when you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  10. steven weber says:

    WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  11. nicole dz says:

    I learned that Many people don’t know that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways. Water entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. So, when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes.

  12. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I learned that there is a WaterSavers car wash location near me and it uses less than 4o gallons per car wash.

  13. mita says:

    I learned that using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water

  14. Janet W. says:

    I learned that residential car washing led to the following being released into their storm sewer system: 60 pounds of ammonia, 2,200 pounds of surfactants, etc.

  15. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like that they use no more than an average of 40 gallons of water per wash and that the used water is then cleaned before being released back into the environment

  16. suzanne says:

    Through their innovative techniques, they use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car.

  17. md Kennedy says:

    I learned WaterSavers reuses the water to save.

  18. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I did not know that “when you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers”. Many times the river water is recycled purified and thats our drinking water.

  19. Cheryl Billings says:

    I learned that they have a store locator…makes it easy to find one near you .

  20. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  21. Mary Happymommy says:

    I like the location finder on their site.

  22. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  23. mell says:

    I learned there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America

  24. Alan Tong says:

    I just learned that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways.

  25. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    This car wash only use 40 gallons of water per wash.

  26. Sarah L says:

    1.06 miles
    from my house to
    Bucky’s Car Wash
    Thanks for the contest.

  27. Terri S says:

    I learned that using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water.

  28. I learned that pavement pollutes. I had no idea!

  29. Candice says:

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons of water per car. , while using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes.

  30. Jackie says:

    I learned that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance, which means better fuel economy.
    Thank you!

  31. Holly Thomas says:

    I like the charity carwashing.

  32. Pam Gurganus says:

    I learned that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load! YIKES!

  33. Happi Shopr says:

    I like the charity carwashing and I found one 11 miles from home. Yay!

  34. I learned washing your car at home pollutes the enviroment.

  35. AmySD says:

    That by reducing water pollution in our communities, we are protecting our streams, rivers and water tables.

  36. I learned that there is no Water Saver car wash withiin 25 miles from me, I would love for one to open up so we can help the environment.

  37. Betty says:

    Very dramatic differences in water usage depending on how you wash your car.

  38. Tracy Pryor says:

    I learned that there is a WaterSavers about 15 miles away from me.

  39. Melissa M says:

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.

  40. Jessie C. says:

    Learned that when you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  41. Christina Foley says:

    I learned there is a WaterSavers about 5 miles from us.. and 3 others that are local also

  42. Kelly Tupick says:

    I learned When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers. You also save water by going directly to a professional car wash.

  43. sherry blamer says:

    Washing your car regularly can protect your car and makes it more wind resistant.

  44. heather eg kaufman says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment. These car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  45. Devon F says:

    I learned that When we wash our cars on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers

  46. Andrea Williams says:

    I learned that washing my car can help to protect my investment.

  47. Amy Orvin says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  48. Tara Liebing says:

    I learned that WaterSavers car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallonsof fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly

  49. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment and uses less water than a washing machine

  50. I learned that wWater entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged.

  51. Wanda McHenry says:

    I learned that when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes.

  52. Jen Haile says:

    I like that they have a Watersavers locator on their website!

  53. Colleen Maurina says:

    I learned when cars are washed on streets, parking lots and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in rivers, streams and lakes.

  54. angela smith says:

    i learned theres one
    8.08 miles from my house
    Swift Wash
    angd that they use less water than a washing machine

  55. Debra Hall says:

    using a car wash saves water, i never knew that

  56. BeckyM says:

    I learned that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance… That means better fuel economy.

  57. I learned WaterSavers car washes use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  58. april yedinak says:

    I learned that they use no more than 40 gallons to wash your car.

  59. Ava Chavez says:

    I had no idea about the “pavement pollutes” thing!!! Def will keep in mind!

  60. saminder gumer says:

    WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.
    Read more at http://www.ourkidsmom.com/2014/06/4-eco-friendly-car-tips-get-back-road-50-visa-gc-giveaway-ends-620/#gMOtEJIUJybrzMic.99

  61. Courtney says:

    washing your car at home is NOT as good for the environment!

  62. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i learned where there is an approved car wash near me

  63. Brynn says:

    I did not know about the pavement pollution from the runoff.

  64. latanya says:

    A study by the City of Federal Way (Washington) found that residential car washing led to the following being released into their storm sewer system:
    190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil

  65. I learned Water Savers uses 40 gallons of fresh water per vehicle, less than the average washing machine.

  66. Barbara Montag says:

    Something I learned – According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load.
    That’s a lot of water!
    thank you

  67. Danielle D says:

    That using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water, thats really insightful.

  68. Kristen says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  69. nickie says:

    I learned that using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water

  70. Christina Gould says:

    I learned that my town has a WaterSaver car wash, yay. Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that the closest Water Savers location is 21 miles away from me in Mahopac, NY

  72. Amy Pratt says:

    I learned that Water Savers recycles their water.

  73. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I learned there is one two miles from me.

  74. Denise S says:

    I learned that washing your car on the driveway pavement washes the chemicals into the nearby soil.

  75. Margaret Smith says:

    I learned that by getting your car washed at a water saver location, you help the enviroment and you help to save water.

  76. Cynthia C says:

    I learned that they do charity fund raising events at Water Saver locations.

  77. Geoff K says:

    I learned there are over 1,000 WaterSavers® car washes worldwide that are committed to meeting strict criteria to help protect the environment.

  78. s riches says:

    I learned that there is a watersavers car wash seven miles from my house.

  79. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I learned that home car washing uses 60 gallons and car washes use 40 gal and that water is recycled.

  80. Susan Christy says:

    Using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes – YIKES

  81. karenb says:

    wow using a water hose at home uses up to 60 gallons of water, there goes washing the car at home

  82. Julia says:

    I learned that cars washed on pavement result in runoff. Not good.

  83. Desiree says:

    I learned about the effects of washing your car and where it carries it to the local rivers.
    Luckily, in my state we are not allowed to wash our cars.

  84. nicole says:

    i learned that you actually waste MORE water washing your car at home

  85. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I learned that WaterSavers car washes use only about as much water as you use to wash a load of clothes.

  86. Cynthia R says:

    I learned my location has some watersavers car washes, including one that is about 2 miles from my house.

  87. Crystal F says:

    I had no idea, Improve fuel economy, did you know that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance? That means better fuel economy.

  88. Megan Parsons says:

    I learned that they do charity car washing!

  89. Tamar says:

    I like the fundraising initiative.

  90. janna johnson says:

    They are charitible

  91. soha molina says:

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load.

  92. Lisa Jones says:

    I never knew that there was car washes that had this sort of technology. I love that they are trying to make even things like car washing greener c=

  93. Michelle Weaver says:

    I learned there are more than 300 million registered vehicles contributing to the pollution.

  94. Tara says:

    I learned there is a location within 5.5 miles of my home!

  95. kyl neusch says:

    using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water

  96. Hailey Bond says:

    The average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load! WHAT?!

  97. jillian warner says:

    learned about watersavers car washes

  98. Kimmy Ripley says:

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load.

  99. ALLISON says:

    I learned there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America, which adds to our pollution problem.

  100. kim says:

    I didn’t know you only use 40 gal of water at a automated car wash that is pretty good

  101. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    I’ve never really thought about how much pollutants get into the soil when washing a car on pavement!

  102. Birdiebee says:

    The water used in WaterSavers car washers is recycled water.

  103. Monique Rizzo says:

    I learned they have a locator on the website.

  104. katherine says:

    I learned when you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  105. brandy c says:

    We can reduce water pollution to protect our water tables.

  106. Betsy Barnes says:

    I learned that WaterSavers use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per car, which is less than most washing machines 🙂

  107. Linda K. says:

    I learned I should actually wash my car once in a while….

  108. nannypanpan says:

    I learned the cleaner your car the less wind resistence

  109. Rosanne says:

    I learned that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways

  110. Jimmy says:

    I learned when you use your hose, you can use 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes.

  111. Karen Deva says:

    I learned that a WaterSavers car wash only uses about 40 gallons of water!

  112. Shawna O says:

    I learned the following: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load. WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.
    Using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

    Very interesting info: I’m always trying to save more water!

  113. Robin says:

    I learned that we shouldn’t conduct car wash fundraiser in a parking lot. Instead, contact a WaterSavers® car wash to ask about fundraising options.

  114. Rachel Miller says:

    I learned that they have a location just down the street from where I work!

  115. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I learned that washing your car on the pavement causes harm to local waterways because the dirty water ends up in rivers and streams. I’ve never thought of that.

  116. Chavonne H says:

    I found a lot of valuable information on Preventing Water Pollution and Conserving Water.

  117. I had no idea you could use 60 gallons of water every 5 mins washing your car at home!

  118. Lisa V. says:

    I learned there is a Parke West Car Wash less than 5 miles from my house.

  119. Brittney House says:

    There are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America.

  120. I would love to get my car washed by Watersavers. I didn’t realize how much they could re-use. Love it! Now I have a reason not to do it myself.

  121. Sarah VM says:

    I learned nearly 1,000 WaterSavers car washes worldwide are committed to meeting strict criteria to help protect the environment.

  122. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…Acid rain, road salt, bird droppings and sun damage are just some of the threats to your car’s condition that can be addressed by regular car care.

  123. Susan Smith says:

    I learned that WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  124. Sarah Elyce says:

    I learned that washing a car on pavement causes harm to local waterways.

  125. Virginia Rowell says:

    I learned the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance.

  126. Daniel M says:

    learned washing your car on pavement washes chemicals into the soil

  127. Jill Myrick says:

    I learned that there are four water saver car wash locations within fifteen miles of my home.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  128. Dawn Keenan says:

    I learned that Using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes. That is amazing!

  129. Molly Capel says:

    I learned that the dirty water from washing my car on the street, can end up in local rivers.

  130. Molly Capel says:

    I learned that the dirty water from washing my car on the street, can end up in local rivers.

  131. Karen Drake says:

    I learned that Water Savers reusues water to save.

  132. Ceinwyn says:

    A study by the city of Federal Way found that residential car washing led to 60 lbs of ammonia being released into the stormwater system

  133. Jessica Ruggiero says:

    You use around 60 gallons of water when using a water hose at home!

  134. jules m. says:

    Improve fuel economy.
    the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance

  135. Theresa D says:

    I learned that there are several Water Savers car washes in my area.

  136. Nicole Millheim says:

    I learned that there is a WaterSavers car wash location near me

  137. Mihaela Day says:

    I learned that using a water hose at home can take 60 gallons of water

  138. Tammie Venne says:

    I never thought that cleaning my car could help with fuel efficiency

  139. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the rinse water runoff — along with all the chemicals it contains — can go to storm drains that empty directly into rivers and streams. This pollution has been proven to negatively impact aquatic life and ecosystems.

  140. BILL HOFF says:

    I learned the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance! That means better fuel economy!

  141. Tracy Robertson says:

    I learned that using a hose takes up to 60 gallons. That’s a lot of water!

  142. christine jessamine says:

    I learned you can get better fuel mileage for cleaning your car

  143. Stephanie says:

    I learned that there are 10-15 watersavers car washes within my area.

  144. Jennifer Reed says:

    I did not know that the cleaner your car is causes less wind resistance. That means better fuel economy according to the site.

  145. When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  146. Kathy K. says:

    I learned that there is a water saver location less than 10 miles from my house.

  147. I learned that there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America.

  148. tina reynolds says:

    Wow 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America thanks for the chance

  149. Anne says:

    Unfortunately, I learned that there aren’t any WaterSavers locations anywhere near me. I checked several relatively nearby zip codes, but none of them have any results within 25 miles. 🙁

  150. Sarah L says:

    Why does it say: This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on June 20, 2014.
    But it’s not that time yet?

  151. MARIA simon says:

    there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America amazing !!

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