Be a Green Driver: Eco-Friendly Auto Products & Practices

Earth Day is coming up on April 22. It’s a time to celebrate the beautiful planet we are lucky to be a part of. It’s also a time to be mindful of how we live our lives and make sure we’re doing what we can to take care of this wonderful planet we call home.

While recycling, carpooling and switching our old school light bulbs to the carbon fluorescent variety are all great ways to reduce our carbon footprint, there are also a slew of other things we can do. If you are a car owner, you might think short of buying an electric car or drastically cutting down your time behind the wheel, there’s not much else that you can do to help out the planet.

Guess what? There are tons of easy ways to be a car owner and a responsible citizen of the planet, all at the same time. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly auto products and practices that you can adapt. Added bonus: Many of these translate into money savings! Who doesn’t love that?

1) SmartCrossBar: The Wasatch Powder Monkeys company designs and manufactures the SmartCrossBar™, a new roof rack crossbar and adaptor system that is 10-25 times more aerodynamic than regular cross bars. This translates to lower gas use, which in turn translates to less carbon emissions that are released in to the environment.

According to the company, your MPG can drop up to 20% when you add roof rack attachments. The SmartCrossbar technology not only saves you gas while in use with its aerodynamic features, but the easy-to-remove mounts come off in a matter of seconds when not in use, for easy at-home storage saving you even more gas.

2) Bamboo Car Accessories: Environmental writer and columnist, Kristin Arrigo suggests buying car accessories made of the eco-friendly bamboo charcoal resource. She says “Bamboo is a big winner when it comes to being eco-friendly. It is a renewable resource and it seems like it can be made into just about anything.”

This includes car accessories like car seat covers and air fresheners. A couple of companies that sell such products are MUSHA Bamboo Charcoal and C60 Bamboo Carbon Company.

 3) Scrubblade Washer Fluid Tablets: These tiny little tablets dissolve directly into your vehicle’s windshield wiper fluid reservoir with tap water, alleviating the need for all those plastic gallon jugs you normally use. Since you’re using less packaging material, less junk ends up in our landfills and we waste less of our resources in the making of such products.

4) Don’t Drip and Drive: Make sure you check your car for leaks regularly, either at home or via your auto repair shop. According to the Oregon Environmental Council, researchers from NASA and the Smithsonian Institute estimate that every three weeks, more oil is deposited on driveways and streets in the U.S. than the Exxon Valdez spilled in Alaska.

By checking your vehicle for leaks, you help keep oil pollution  out of rivers, basins and our  various other eco-systems.

It also ensures you aren’t wasting your hard earned money. Washington State’s “Don’t Drip & Drive” Program estimates that its residents waste up to $53 million annually due to motor oil leaks or improper disposal.

Do you have any other eco-friendly car products or practices? Share them with us and our readers below!