Earth Day is the day set aside to raise awareness of all the things that can, and must, be done to protect the planet and all the species that live on it. Although thinking about the environment on Earth Day is a good place to start, we must begin to makes changes in the way we live our everyday lives if we hope to make a significant difference.
One change we can all use is to reduce the amount of carbon emissions we release into the air while driving our cars. Ideally, we would all drive less, opting instead to use public transportation or bicycles to get back and forth to where we need to be. This is not always an option however, so the next best thing is to drive a car with high fuel efficiency.
Nissan has been ahead of the curve in designing and manufacturing vehicles that have high fuel efficiency while still maintaining the power and features that make driving fun for so many Americans. Here are just three of Nissan’s energy efficient vehicles.
Nissan accepted the challenge to create cars with higher fuel efficiency by creating one that burned no gas at all. The Nissan Leaf is a 100% electric car, it doesn’t even have a gas tank. Easy to charge at home, whole at work or by using the rapidly expanding network of charging stations.
The 2014 Nissan Sentra has many new features but the most important may be the increased fuel mileage. With an average of 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, this car will not only save you money at the pump, but the increased fuel economy results in a significant reduction in the amount of carbon-based emissions.
Another model filled with the newest technology, including new safety features and new ways to stay connected to your life. The best use of technology in this vehicle, from an environmental stand point anyway, may be how it is used to increase fuel efficiency. With an average of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, the 2014 Versa is a car that is not only great fun to drive, but one that you can feel good about driving.
If you are not in a position to buy a new car but would still like to do your part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are a few things that can increase the fuel economy of any car, according to the Chicago Tribune.
- Drive at the optimal speed – in most vehicles, 50 mph is the optimum speed for fuel efficiency. Do a favor to yourself and the environment and slow down just a bit.
- Keep tires properly inflated – tires that are over or under inflated can make a big difference in the amount of fuel your car burns. Check them regularly and keep them filled to the pressure suggested in your owner’s manual.
- Don’t idle – while there is nothing you can do about the amount of time you spend idling while stuck in traffic, you can turn the car off while waiting to pick someone up at train stations, airports or schools. If you are likely to be idling for more than 30 seconds it is better to turn the car off then to idle.
- Clean out the trunk – any extra weight carried by your vehicle will have a negative effect of your fuel efficiency.