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April 22, 2013

Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty


It's a bonus! Earth Day and Car Care Awareness Month, all rolled into one multimedia post.

In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says that the biggest mistake people make is "really not understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done. And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the  Easy Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine.


Looking for other car care tips for Earth Day? Consider these following green tips from to help you save the earth as well as save fuel.

About 1.3 billion gallons of oil are used for oil changes in the U.S. each year, but only about 10 to 15 percent of that oil is repurposed. You can make a difference and improve those figures by replacing your next oil change with a “green” Eco Ultra oil change using rerefined oil. Why would you choose to use rerefined oil? Find out more about the benefits of re-refined oil here.

AskPatty_Pouring_OilDo you change your car's motor oil? If so, you're considered a do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changer! More than 50 percent of all motorists fall into this category, generating approximately a quarter of all used motor oil that has the potential to be reused or recycled: that's about 150 million gallons of used motor oil each year! However, when you change your own oil, you take responsibility for properly disposing of your used oil, too. Find out how to recycle your own oil, and keep improperly discarded out of the environment, where it can pollute groundwater and contaminate lakes, rivers, and streams.

Would you like to see your fuel purchases take you farther on every tank of gas? Every day seems to bring higher prices at the gas pump. Some commuters are sharing rides, others are taking public transportation. But if you are like countless others, you depend on your personal vehicle. So here are some easy-to-follow gas-saving tips from the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on how to conserve fuel and make sure your car or truck gets optimal miles per gallon.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the United States uses about 150 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Eco-driving techniques tested by Ford showed that motorists coached in eco-driving can significantly improve the fuel economy performance of their vehicles. This article contains simple fuel-saving tips that any driver can use.

You don't have to be a hypermiler to get more miles from every tank, but hypermilers know more than the average driver how to go farther on drops of gas. You can use these easy techniques every day to help improve your fuel economy.


AskPatty_BeGreen_Eco-conscious_2For more tips about greening your car for Earth Day, check out these additional eco-conscious articles from AskPatty to help your cars be more green.



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