WaterSavers-four eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway/prize pack

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watersavers WaterSavers four eco friendly car tips to get you back on the road and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway/prize packWith summer here, it is more important than ever to take care of your car! So many people (myself included) take good care of their car in the winter but totally neglect it in the summer months. The weather becomes nice and everyone thinks the car will work fine with no problems. Unfortunately this is incorrect. WaterSavers has helped you and I by giving us four eco-friendly car tips to get us back on the road this summer! I found them so useful and hope you do too.

1.       Wash your car at a professional car wash. Winter months can be especially hard on your vehicle and washing your car is an easy first step to making your car feel new again. Using a professional car wash is a great way to protect the environment. According to the International Carwash Association, WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of water or less per car while recycling and filtering their water to prevent harmful chemicals from going into our rivers and streams. Professional car washes also remove salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle, which is a must after a long winter.  By comparison, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons per cycle, and a garden hose uses 63 gallons of water in just five minutes. You can learn more, and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.

 

2.       Give the inside a deep clean. Winter’s elements are hard on the outside of your car, but many people forget the abuse the vehicle’s interior takes as well. Think of how many times you’ve crawled into your vehicle with dirty, snowy feet and you can begin to understand why cleaning the inside is necessary. Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient clean. Then, wipe down interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the fabric and floor to remove dirt, sand, salt and dust.

 

3.       Don’t forget the maintenance check. Winter is finally over, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.

 

4.       How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task. Your tires list their recommended pressure on the side. If you can’t find it, you can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have a certified technician conduct an alignment test since it could have been thrown off by driving over pot holes during the winter months.

I hope you enjoy and can heed some of these tips!

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Comments

  1. Julie Wood says

    The tire pressure and alignment always concern me. I check these two things after winter to make sure that I am safe on the rode. It saves gas to have proper tire pressure.

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  3. Linda Szymoniak says

    The tip about tire pressure and alignment fits my needs the best. I drive a LOT. Believe it or not, I typically drive 30-35,000 miles a year. Over half of that is driving volunteer rescue transports (I’ve had literally hundreds – possibly into the thousands – of rescue animals in my mini-van since I first started driving transports 4-5 years ago). I also do a lot of long-distance driving going to anime conventions with my daughter, who sells her art and books at them, but we’d be going anyway. We just put 1700 miles on my van on Memorial Day weekend and have trips to Tulsa, OK (about 700 miles each way), Baltimore, MD (1600 miles round-trip), and Dallas, TX (1900+ miles round trip) coming up during July and August.

  4. Marti Tabora says

    The tip that resonates most with me is the maintenance check, I try to always get regular maintenance so that I’m less likely to get stranded when I’m out.

  5. Janet W. says

    The tip that resonates the most with me is getting the tire pressure and alignment checked. So very important, but not something I would usually think about.

  6. kelly mcgrew says

    tire pressure. I always forget to check and my dad even bought me a tire-air machine and I still forget!

  7. Nicole Dz says

    I like the tire pressure tip, that one is most important to me, I check my tire pressure often, like weekly.

  8. Nicole Dz says

    I also commented on “Im a banana boat ambassador #bbbestsummer” post for the extra entries.

  9. Penni says

    i like the tip about giving the inside of your vehicle a deep clean. There’s a ton of dirt and germs that we drive around with every day – and, usually, do nothing about!

  10. Stephanie Shipley says

    Checking my tire pressure is a big concern for me. I always want to make sure they have the right amount of air to keep my car running smoothly.

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  12. Deborah Wellenstein says

    I had no idea washing your car at a professional car wash actually uses less water that doing it yourself at home!

  13. Rebecca says

    I like the giving the inside a deep clean tip. Trash can pile up quickly inside and get left there for a long time.

  14. Brynn says

    I love the tip to check the tire pressure and alignment. So important but often forgotten. I am going to do that this weekend.

  15. Stacey J. says

    The tip to have your car professionally washed is good, especially around winter time when there’s a lot of salt on the road.

  16. leslie roberts says

    I like the tip to check tire pressure, and alignment(my car is outta whack) so thanks for the tip.

  17. Laurie Nykaza says

    How’s your tire pressure and alignment? This is so important for good gas mileage and wear and tear on your tires.

  18. Betsy Barnes says

    The tire pressure tip is very important, especially in the area we live. We have to adjust our tire pressure during the winter months to insure safe driving in snowy conditions. In the spring, also need to adjust again, low tire pressure will cause our vehicles to overexert itself and waste gas :)

  19. Seyma Shabbir says

    Don’t forget the maintenance check. If something is low or empty you can be risking your car!

  20. Catarina says

    The regular car maintenance tip is most useful to me because my car is 10 years old and I always try to take care of the oil change as soon as it is due and my check engine light just came on and I took care of it right away before it became a bigger problem or I got stranded with my kids.

  21. Isabella Taul says

    None yet because we’re FINALLY getting a vehicle in a couple weeks!!! Thanks for the tips! :,)

  22. Debra S says

    Loved the tip to use a pro car wash! Because I really hate to do it myself, actually! So I like knowing that my 8 bucks is spent well! Less work, less water used!

  23. Leah B says

    getting a maintenance check – especially the oil. I once forgot to do this before a big road trip and the oil was dangerously low!

  24. Shannon says

    Don’t forget the maintenance check. Winter is finally over, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.

  25. Natalie F says

    They are all great tips. I like the “don’t forget to clean inside” as well. I try to clean my car often!

  26. barbara Adams says

    I’ve ‘cleaned’ my car, of course….but never ventured into the dead zone…the are of the car that is only accessible in the event of a rollover..now there is a tool to retrieve…woohoo!!

  27. Natalie Brown says

    Hello! I didn’t know that professional car washes use less water than washing the car at home. Also, they recycle and reuse the water. Good to know! Thanks!!

  28. cylina williams says

    I like the tire pressure check tip, I really need to do this more. I do not like getting a flat tire!

  29. Cynthia R says

    Give the inside a deep clean resonates with me, this winter we had ice, salt, sleet, snow, etc… my car interior needs a good cleaning.

  30. kelly nicholson says

    Which tip in the post resonates most with you?

    4. How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task.

  31. Becky VanGinkel says

    Tip #4 resonates the most with me… How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Because we live in the country and my husband takes the kids hunting and fishing a lot, our tires are driven on a lot of dirt and rocky roads.. it’s important to keep them properly maintained! Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize, and thank you for sharing these great tips :)

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  32. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I like the tip — make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. Once we went on a trip without checking transmission oil. Yep! You guessed it. We lost our transmission.

  33. Nancy says

    All these are important; I think #4 on checking tire pressure and alignment is especially important for us!

  34. Rebecca Parsons says

    I would say the How’s your tire pressure and alignment? I can remember the tire pressure but alignment is something I often forget about.

  35. Melissa Sly says

    I need to do the seasonal checkup to make sure things are running up to speed, particularly since it is now rainy season here and we get some very serious storms.

  36. Jennifer Lachman says

    Checking the tire pressure is the most helpful tip. The prices of gas are so high and they just keep going up. Every little thing you can do helps.

  37. Sarah says

    Regular maintenance checks are a big thing! I learned (the hard way!) to be proactive about regular maintenance as opposed to reactive only when something went wrong.

  38. Birdiebee says

    Tip #4 most resonates with me: How’s your tire pressure and alignment? I am actually taking in the vehicle for an oil change tomorrow as well as getting the alignment before taking any type of out-of-town trips this summer.

  39. Melissa Bowers says

    I’m sure the inside of my van could use a deep clean! It hasn’t had a deep clean of any kind since I spilled a mocha in it a couple years ago and my husband had to soap up the carpets and suck out the water with a shop vac to get all the yucky spoiled milk smell out!

  40. Danalee Davis says

    I like the tip about not forgetting the maintenance check. That is something I do forget too often.

  41. Sharon C says

    I currently have a tire that is losing air so I am keeping my eye on it till the weekend when I can get it fixed. Soooo this tip caught my eye!

  42. Rhea Chladek says

    Phone Caddy

    o A plastic phone holder that clips to air vents in any vehicle to keep your phone in view for GPS usage and close to charging outlets.

  43. raquel perez says

    The maintenance check, like getting the oil changed. I always seem to forget that! lol thank God for husbands :D

  44. Colleen Maurina says

    The tip about washing your car at a professional car wash resonates with me. I always use a car wash because it is fast, convenient,and saves water.

  45. Melissa Lowe says

    Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.

  46. April V. says

    Tire pressure. I really dislike adding air to my tires – I’m always afraid that I’ll over-inflate them and they’ll explode. I know it is unlikely but it can happen, especially if your tires are older. So, I make sure that my husband checks and inflates them regularly.

  47. Heather says

    Checking tire pressure resonates with me, because I’ve had issues with it in the past. Deflated tires have an annoying way of slowing you down and wasting your gas!

  48. Jennifer Vickers says

    Don’t forget to clean inside is most for me. haha I should be better about keeping it looking nice.

  49. Stefani K says

    Getting your car washed by a professional. I’ve washed my car by hand before, and it just takes so much water, it’s kind of amazing.

  50. says

    Don’t forget the maintenance check is the tip that resonates with me the most. My mechanic has caught issues when they were minor before they turned into major problems.

  51. patricia says

    the maintenance check resonates the most with me. as you said, the more efficiently our vehicle runs, the more gas we’ll save. with gas prices approaching $4 per gallon, I need to make sure I’m saving as much as possible!

  52. Theresa D says

    The Don’t forget the maintenance check tip is a good one. Proper maintenance is very important.

  53. april yedinak says

    Checking the tire pressure is the tip I most need to follow. I admit to not doing this nearly as often as I should.

  54. Sunnymay says

    Tire pressure and alignment make a big difference. This Spring, after pothole season, I had my wheels rotated and car aligned and am now getting better gas mileage on my tachometer. I check my tire pressure monthly and get it done especially before long trips.

  55. Amanda K says

    I think the tire pressure comment is an important one! With how expensive gas is now-a-days, we could all use more tips on how to save $$$ on that aspect of car ownership.

  56. Deborah Mireles says

    Don’t forget the maintenance check, my father instilled this in me early and ive stuck with it and probably saved myself alot of grief!

  57. Michael S. says

    I always make sure on the other things, but never do a real deep clean on the interior; I just get things down to a dull roar.

  58. Leela says

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  59. Sheryl says

    The tip on doing maintenance checks on your cars fluid levels is very important. I was surprised when I bought my car in February that they recommend oil changes every 5,000 miles instead of every 3,000 miles.

  60. Cathy Burnett says

    Giving the inside of your vehicle a deep clean. I am the worlds worst at cleaning my vehicle. But we call it the party van. don’t really get upset if something is spilled.

  61. Janice Cooper says

    Definitely checking the tire pressure and alignment. I was known as the Queen of flat tires so I always check my tire pressure to avoid flats.

  62. Nicole Carter Weasley says

    I like the tip about the tire alignment, I don’t think much about that and it’s something important I need to think about.

  63. thischickwins says

    the one about going to professional car washes. i really didn’t know that a hose can waste that much water.

  64. kathy pease says

    My favorite is 2. Give the inside a deep clean our vermont winters can be pretty harsh and I sure know how the inside can get pretty cruddy

  65. Suzanne Rose says

    For me, it would be to save on gas the best way possible, and I find too, that the “Don’t forget the maintenance check” tip, really does apply. When I let my car go an extra 500 miles beyond the oil change time, and so on, I notice a difference. So, this is a great tip, and great reminder that my car is coming due for the 60,000 mile maintenance check!

  66. Vicki D. says

    Washing your car during the winter months is something I tend to forget. But, it’s very important to get that salt, etc. off your car. Plus, getting it off the underside will help everything last longer under there as well.

  67. Connie Lee says

    The Deep Clean. I really need to deep clean the inside of our vehicles. It would make it look and smell so much better.

  68. Shannon Greathouse says

    I definitely know that using the hose at home uses a ton of water. One month, my husband washed his truck and my car once a week. I swear,our water bill was about $50 higher.Just for that alone, then calculate the price of the soap… not worth it.

  69. Mary M. says

    I like the tire pressure tip. I do not check it often enough although I know that I should. I also need to check the liquids more often.

  70. Lyz S says

    Maintenance checks! My first car always had a problem with oil, so it was the first thing I learned how to check.

  71. Buddy Garrett says

    How’s your tire pressure and alignment. I know how important this tip is to your car maintenance.

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