Re­duce your car’s pol­lu­tion level dur­ing smog sea­son

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - MY CITY - Arun Changrani

T he toxic smog in the Cap­i­tal has led to an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion where schools have been closed, the odd-even rule has made a come­back, and en­try of truck has been banned. How­ever, this won’t re­duce the pol­lu­tion caused by our cars on a daily ba­sis. There­fore, we’ve pre­pared a com­pre­hen­sive guide that’ll help re­duce the pol­lu­tion pro­duced by your car. 1 Start warm­ing up your car in the morn­ing if it is a cou­ple of years old. If you have a diesel car, make sure to warm it up for a few min­utes be­fore you leave to your des­ti­na­tion. 2 Check tyre pres­sure on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. If you have all your run within city lim­its, keep tyre pres­sure to max­i­mum, fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions of the man­u­fac­turer. One can find tyre pres­sure level on the driver or the pas­sen­ger door af­ter open­ing. 3 Since you do not need AC all the time, turn off the en­gine on the red lights. When the car is idle, and your en­gine is run­ning, it lets off more pol­lu­tants, es­pe­cially, if you have a diesel car. 4 It’s al­ways ben­e­fi­cial to get your car ser­viced be­fore the win­ter ar­rives. Reg­u­lar oil change, wheel align­ment, and proper tun­ing of the en­gine not only re­duce pol­lu­tion but it also in­creases your car’s life. 5 Al­ways pre­fer re­fu­el­ing from re­puted fuel sta­tions. If you are go­ing to drive in the city, do not go full tank. Full tank adds weight that burns more fuel, es­pe­cially, dur­ing pick­ups. Keep your tank 40-60% full. 6 Be gen­tle on the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal. This can in­crease mileage by 10 per cent. If you use brake and hit ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal fre­quently, you end up burn­ing more fuel. 7 Al­ways go for reg­u­lar pol­lu­tion check, at least once in two weeks. With In­puts by Ga­gan Choud­hary, au­to­mo­bile ex­pert

IF YOU USE BRAKE AND HIT AC­CEL­ER­A­TOR PEDAL FRE­QUENTLY, YOU END UP BURN­ING MORE FUEL

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It’s al­ways ben­e­fi­cial to get your car ser­viced reg­u­larly Full tank adds weight which burns more fuel, es­pe­cially dur­ing pick­ups. Keep your tank 40­60% full. Reg­u­lar oil change, wheel align­ment, and proper tun­ing of the en­gine re­duces pol­lu­tion

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