How to Reduce CO2 From Cars

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How to Reduce CO2 From Cars
The emissions of cars released every day harm the environment. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles are responsible for a significant amount of toxic gas emissions that are released into the environment every year. Auto manufacturers have made significant improvements in reducing vehicle emissions. However, it is still up to car owners to make sure that their cars are emitting the least amount of CO2 gases possible.

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    Take care of your car. Routine maintenance will both increase fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. Ensure the air filter and fuel filters on your car are changed regularly and that your tires are correctly inflated. This will improve your car's performance and reduce emissions in turn. The less fuel your vehicle consumes, the less emissions it will produce, so many fuel saving measures also help reduce emissions.

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    Use high quality fuel and low viscosity oil in your vehicles. The higher quality fuel burns more efficiently, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Lower viscosity engine oil has been demonstrated to increase fuel mileage according to BP, which claims switching your car to a lower viscosity oil will also reduce CO2 emissions.

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    Car pool or take public transportation whenever possible. Combine trips and avoid unnecessary driving. Plan appointments and errands so that they are centrally located. Park your vehicle in one place and then walk to the various locations within the area rather than driving from car park to car park. If you can, walk or ride a bike instead of driving whenever possible.

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    Use alternative energy. Convert your vehicle to solar power or biodiesel to reduce emissions and help the environment. Electric golf carts and scooters can provide a non-polluting transportation alternative as well.

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    Replace your car with a more fuel and CO2 efficient vehicle. Newer cars meet higher emissions standards. If you really want to make a big change to reduce your emissions, trade your car in for a high-fuel economy car such as a hybrid.

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