5 Ways You Can Be Eco-Friendly with a Conversion Van

June 13th, 2013 by

The importance of saving the environment is a hot topic these days. As news media discuss the latest reasons for eco-friendliness, consumers are choosing green products to reduce their own impact on the ecosystem. Now, travelers are choosing conversion vans for reasons including cost effectiveness, more space and reduced environmental impact. With that said, there are some ways to further reduce one’s carbon footprint when driving a conversion van.

Here’s a look at the top five ways to accomplish this.

1. Shut off the van instead of idling.

Idling might seem like no big deal when you’re waiting for a train to pass or a traffic jam to move. The truth is that if you’re idling for longer than a minute, you’re better off just shutting down the vehicle because it’s using more gas than it would while being turned off and on again. Simply put, an idling conversion van releases ample exhaust while getting no gas mileage at all.

2. Don’t drive so fast.

Initially, it might seem like driving faster would use less gas because you’d be on the road for less time. In reality, the opposite is true. Once you’re going faster than 55 mph, gas mileage goes down by up to 15 percent. To save gas, drive slowly, avoid sudden braking or acceleration and favor the cruise control.

3. Lighten the load.

Conversion vans make it easy to take more passengers and cargo along, but these extras and the equipment that makes it possible also drastically reduce gas mileage while increasing the amount of fumes being produced. For the sake of the environment, avoid lugging unnecessary cargo and take extra seats out when you won’t be taking on as many passengers.

4. Check tire pressure frequently.

It’s especially important to check tire pressure regularly when you’re driving a conversion van. If you keep your tires aired up, you’ll save money and keep the engine in better shape, reducing carbon emissions and helping the engine last longer. To find out what pressure you should use for your conversion van’s tires, consult your owner’s manual or look on the inside of your driver’s side door for a label with the information. Otherwise, contact the dealer from which you bought the van.

5. Maintain your vehicle to benefit yourself and the environment.

A vehicle that works well is ultimately cheaper to own and easier on the environment. This is especially true with conversion vans, which are popular for long-distance travel and a wide range of driving conditions. To have an expert handle your van, bring it to the dealer’s garage or a trusted auto mechanic for tune-ups, oil changes and routine maintenance. However, if you have the tools and the time, you can also learn to do many of these tasks yourself for even more savings.

Taking care of your conversion van doesn’t have to be difficult. With the tips above, you’ll have an easier time maintaining your conversion van to save money and protect the environment. You’ll reap benefits right away, but the generations that follow will appreciate the fruits of your actions long into the future.

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