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Video:5 Ways to Reduce Global Warming With Your Car

with Meghan Lynn Allen

Want to learn the best ways to reduce global warming with your car? Here, see helpful ways to reduce global warming with your car.See Transcript

Transcript:5 Ways to Reduce Global Warming With Your Car

Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss 5 ways to reduce global warming with your car.

Basic Ways to Reduce Global Warming With Your Car

Avoid idling. Idling your car for about ten minutes can use about as much fuel as traveling five miles. And some people think that idling is the best way to warm up your car, when in fact, that's not the case. All the car parts aren't being used. The best way to warm up your car is to drive it. And when you combine idling with car air conditioners, emissions involved with air quality increase by 15 percent.

Other Ways to Reduce Global Warming With Your Car

Drive less often. Reduce the amount of gasoline you use and reduce your carbon footprint - or seek out a car that gets better gas mileage. Plan ahead. When heading out to do some errands, instead of taking several short trips with your car, turn it into one big trip with a warm engine. When you take short trips in cold weather, you actually use twice as much gas and contribute twice as much greenhouse gas emissions.

Additional Ways to Reduce Global Warming With Your Car

Keep your vehicle in good condition, and maintain it according to your vehicle's owner manual. Keep on top of inspections and oil changes, and keep emissions down and help reduce global warming.And don't be afraid to turn off your ignition. Waiting is a big part of everyone's day in this modern world, so if you're in line in the bank, at the drive-thru of your local fast-food chain, or just waiting for someone outside, don't let your car idle for more than thirty seconds.

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