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Going Green Behind the Wheel

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It’s not just earth day when some people think greener. For some, a more earth conscience approach to transportation is more… a state of mind.   Sure, you can drive an electric car, plug in and go.   But, there are also ways to be kinder to the environment and still stay behind the wheel of the car you currently drive.

Here are 3 simple ways to Drive Greener:

  1. Fill ‘er up with a plan:  When we have hotter months in Arizona, try to refuel during the coolest time of day.   Not only will this keep you from sweating at the pump, but it also cuts down on the amount of evaporative emissions.   That’s important because smog forms during the heat of the day when the emissions are at their peak. And don’t top off the tank. When the shut-off kicks in…call it good!
  1. Plan your day and your drive:  The fewer miles you drive, obviously the fewer emissions that can potentially harm the earth. Consider carpooling, when possible. And when its not, plan your errands to maximize the miles you drive.
  1. Maintain your car well:  Cars that don’t run well pollute the plant more. Additionally, a properly maintained car has a longer life. Engine issues to keep tabs on to drive greener and keep more ‘green’back in your wallet include transmission fluids, oil, and belts, just to name a few.

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Safety

Hot Weather Hazards

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You don’t have to drive too far down the freeway to see stranded drivers and cars broken down. Hot weather is wreaking havoc on cars this summer with extreme heat.

GarageFly expert mechanics say without a little planning your car could be the next driver stranded.   But, the key to keeping you rolling down the road amounts to a little preventative maintenance.

Take a look at these common problems and what you can do to address them:

  • Overheating: Check your coolant levels often in the summer. Low coolant opens high risk for overheating. In the summer the levels should be topped off. Easy way to check is to stick your finger in and see if you can feel the fluid.
  • Battery: 100 degree days hit a battery square between the eyes. The intense heat coupled with the hot engine saps the charge in a battery and often leaves drivers stranded. Most of our GarageFly mechanics will check your battery for free and let you know if you’re at risk. Just ask for a battery load test. On newer cars mechanics say be aware: the battery can easily stop working from one minute to the next.
  • Tires: Rolling down the road on worn tires is a game of roulette in extreme heat. Worn tread, cracks and old tires can leave you with a blow outs or flat tire. GarageFly mechanics say rotating your tires regularly can balance the wear and tear on the tires and help you avoid one tire that can create a driving danger in the heat.

The easiest way to keep an eye on these hot weather hazards for your car is to get it checked routinely. An oil check every 3,000 miles will allow your GarageFly mechanic to alert you to potential problems.

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