Ecological Balance: Environment- Friendly Automotive Vehicles

Fahmida Ahmed Esha, IPE (2021-22)

Ecological Balance: Environment- Friendly Automotive Vehicles

“The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man”, Marshall McLuhan's quotation shows that automobiles have been a great influence on reshaping the world’s landscape and revolutionizing the way society works. In this era of modern mobility, automobiles work as both a marvel of engineering and a top contributor to environmental challenges. As the world struggles with the cruciality of climate change and increasing carbon wastes, the role of automobiles in shaping sustainable transportation has been taken under intense probation. Hence comes the concept of green and sustainable driving. The concept of green driving refers to technological advancements, behavioral changes, and policy interventions aimed at fostering sustainable transportation that can harmonize our dependence on automobiles with the planet’s ecological balance.

Green driving encompasses an entire approach to driving habits, vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption; all aimed at minimizing the environmental impact. There are several ways to reduce the effects of automobiles on the climate.

  1. Optimized size of the vehicle: The bigger the vehicle is, the higher the emissions and fuel costs. So, it is important to consider whether someone really needs a seven seated car, even if the person usually drives alone.

  2. Limiting overspeed: Limited speed of the vehicle can be a powerful move when green driving is considered because to slow down from a running speed or to achieve a very high speed, the vehicle needs to consume a lot of energy.

  3. Air in the tire: Regulating tire pressure and taking care of the tire are included here. To consider how round or how inflated the tire is a special need for consideration because a full tire has less surface contact and thus less friction occurs.

  4. Sharing vehicles to reduce emissions and save money: If a person is making the same journey as some other people such as: to drop kids off at school they can do it together so that less vehicles are needed and less fuels are used.

  5. Lighter load for less fuel usage: Losing a few weights can reduce the amount of fuel usage. The steps taken for this can be clearing out the boot and back seats, half filling the fuel tank if short journey is needed, losing the roof rack if it is not used etc.

  6. Upgrading the vehicle or fuel: Some older models of these automobiles are energy intensives and rapid fuel consumers. As a result, switching to hybrid cars that use biofuels can reduce the impact.

  7. Usage of right oil: Oils can affect the vehicles performance and efficiency. That’s why, the cheapest of the oils is never the option. Rather, choosing synthetic, environment-friendly motor oil can drastically change the scenario.

  8. Shifting gears: Shifting gears can really impact fuel economy and eco efficiency. So, it is necessary to shift gears for better results.

  9. Managing payloads: The fuel a car is based on how much load it carries for how long a distance. If the car weighs heavier, more energy will be consumed.

In addition to reducing air pollution, sustainable transportation also helps to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as most greenhouse gases are produced from burning fuels. Finally, it becomes evident that the convergence of innovation, technology and mindful driving practices hold the key to mitigate the environmental impact of automobiles by making an approach that involves driver behavior, urban planning, public transportation improvements, and a cultural shift towards prioritizing sustainability in transportation choices. By making these simple yet impactful practices discussed above can contribute to minimize climate change and greenhouse effect and thus achieve the goals of green and sustainable driving.