Become More Eco-Friendly with Cars: Tips from our Columbus Volkswagen Dealer

Become More Eco-Friendly with Cars: Tips from our Columbus Volkswagen Dealer

Whether you are set on purchasing an environmentally friendly model from our Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Subaru, and Jaguar dealer, or you are just on the hunt for tips to be as “green” as possible with a gas-powered car, Byers Imports is here to help you!

How to Be Green with a Gas-Powered Car from our Columbus, OH Dealership

There are some important things you can do before you hit the road, while you are behind the wheel, and when you are planning a commute or trip that can substantially lower your environmental impact.

Plan Before Hitting the Road:

  • It is important to keep your tires properly inflated as fully inflated tires are safer, last longer, and can improve your gas mileage by more than 3%.
  • Using the recommended grade of motor oil with energy conserving properties will improve your gas mileage while offering friction-reducing additives.
  • Ensure your engine properly tuned! Your gas mileage could be harmed when your car that out of tune or fails an emissions test.  
  • Check and replace air filters regularly to ensure optimal gas mileage and to keep impurities from damaging the inside of your engine.
  • If you own multiple vehicles, drive the one that gets better gas mileage whenever possible!

Once You’re Behind the Wheel:

  • Don’t speed! Driving over 60 mph rapidly declines gas mileage. With each 5 mph increase above 60, you may as well be paying an additional 10 cents a gallon for gasoline.
  • Excessive idling wastes gas, especially in a car with a larger engine, so try to avoid this as much as possible.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to maintain your speed and save gas.
  • Utilizing overdrive gears will lower your engine speed, save gas, and reduce overall engine wear.

Planning Before You Commute:

  • Avoid peak rush hours if your work schedule allows so you spend less time in traffic consuming fuel.
  • If you can take advantage of carpools or ride-share programs, you will be able to cut weekly fuel costs and reduce overall wear on your car.

Planning Before a Trip:

  • While you will have to plan for a heavier load on a longer trip, avoid carrying items on your vehicle’s roof. This increases aerodynamic drag that can cut mileage by 5%.
  • Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones, as an overloaded vehicle will lose fuel economy.

Find a Green Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen in Columbus, Ohio

One of the best ways to heavily reduce your environmental impact is to choose a green car out of our wide inventory of hybrid and gas-saving models. This doesn’t mean you have to choose a cramped and spiritless car to save on fuel and do your part to reduce emissions: you can choose an eco-friendly option with all the style, horsepower, and features that make you excited to get behind the wheel.

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV and the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid are excellent vehicles from Porsche that maintain a level of luxury and great panache you would expect from this luxury car brand. The Audi A3 e-tron is another green luxury option that fully embraces the potential of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle without sacrificing low-end torque and high-end power.

Contact our dealership serving Columbus, Westerville, Upper Arlington, and Gahanna areas for more information on our line-up of hybrid and gas-saving vehicle options. We look forward to matching you with the style, performance, and power you have always dreamed of in a car without compromising on your environmentally friendly values!

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