Wednesday March 4

Keep your car tuned up, track your petrol mileage. Your wallet will be fat and your emissions low.

Care for your car!

“Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey’s colt tied up. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. 31 Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” Luke 11:30-31

When Jesus came into Jerusalem, he did not choose a top of the range Arab stallion. The Gospels make much of the fact that he chose to enter Jerusalem on a donkey, on the colt of a donkey. For Jesus transport was not associated with status.

We also need to move away from the values of society that says “you are what your drive” A car is a method of transport and we need to choose the most efficient. Getting good mileage out of your car  is not just a matter of the environment – a fuel efficient vehicle is less destructive than a petrol guzzler.  And it feels good on your pocket too!

Did you know
There are more than 1 BILLION cars on the road in the world.

The environmental impact of transport is significant because it is a major user of energy, and burns most of the world’s petroleum. This creates air pollution, including nitrous oxides and particulates, and is a significant contributor to global warming through emission of carbon dioxide for which transport is the fastest-growing emission sector. By subsector, road transport is the largest contributor to global warming.

What to do

Keep your car tuned up. A well tuned car uses 9% less petrol.

Keep track of your petrol mileage. If it suddenly changes you can quickly sort out the problem with your car.

Do not idle your car unnecessarily. It takes less petrol to start a car that to let it idle for more than one minute. Switch off!

Keep fuel filters clean

Stay light. Don’t leave heavy things in your car. An extra 50 kg in your boot (110lb in your trunk J) will reduce fuel economy by 1%

When it comes to buying a new car, research petrol economy before you decide which make to search for.

Here is a useful link for comparing cars:



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