A Greenie's Guide to the Open Road

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Hey, we know it’s still the beginning of the week, but we’re workin’ for the weekend, and that means one thing: road trip. So we put together a guide for traveling the low impact way. Oh, and if you don’t know where to go yet, check out our top green destinations within driving distance from where you’re sitting right now.

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Before you hit the open road, head to the mechanic for a tune-up to maximize fuel efficiency. Photo: Flickr/nimishgogri

1. Tune up before you leave

Properly maintaining your vehicle is the No. 1 way to increase fuel efficiency. To boost your MPGs before the big trip, head to your local mechanics and ask them to give your car a once-over.

Have your tires rotated and aligned, and make sure they are inflated to the proper pressure. Also, even if your car appears to be running normally, ask your mechanic to check out the engine and replace any air filters or spark plugs that appear worn out. A simple (and cheap) quick-fix can mean far fewer trips to the gas station.

If your car is due for an oil change within the next 5,000 miles, play it safe and get it changed before you leave. Since you probably don’t drive your car all day very often, it’s best to make sure it’s in tip-top shape to maximize fuel efficiency and decrease the likelihood of engine trouble on your journey.

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