In our modernized and industrial world, society is constantly looking for ways to improve sustainability and pave the path toward an eco-friendly future. One major feat involved with increasing sustainability is limiting carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. About 88% of Americans reported owning a car in 2014, but as the population continues to grow, drivers have a moral responsibility to make choices that keep the best interests of our planet in mind. Here are just a few eco-friendly features you should look for when buying your next vehicle.
The Environmental Protection Agency has officially mandated vehicle manufacturers to limit carbon emissions in order to keep our air cleaner and reduce smog and pollution. Fortunately, there are a number of emission sensors and other controls designed to help your vehicle maintain maximum efficiency when it comes to emissions. According to Autotrader’s Car Buyer of the Future study, 84% of consumers prefer to buy a car in person, so as you browse eco-friendly vehicles at your local dealership, don’t be afraid to inquire about the various sensors and controls designed to limit emissions and ensure the vehicle passes emission standards in your state.
Air Filtration Systems
Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars. This time can add up quicker than you’d think. Fortunately, some new vehicle models are equipped with a medical-grade air filtration system that removes about 99.97% of exhaust pollution from the vehicle’s cabin, ensuring that you and any passengers along for the ride have clean air for the entire commute. These systems also eliminate other impurities from the air, including bacteria and allergens.
“This is a feature that more and more makers of eco-friendly vehicles are planning to install in their cars. You might not be able to purify all the air in the world, but you can have a substantial effect on your immediate surroundings,” writes Blue And Green Tomorrow.
Inflatable Rear Seatbelts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies a car’s windshield as one of the primary components of a vehicle’s safety restraint system, but seatbelts have saved countless lives and are also a worthwhile method of reducing injuries from car accidents. Ford is the first manufacturer to include an inflatable component in its hybrid vehicles’ seatbelts so that in the event of a collision, the belt provides better coverage and cushioning than their traditional counterparts. This can drastically help to reduce injuries and the subsequent medical costs associated with them. These inflatable belts are also available in child size.
One feature that you’ll see on many new vehicles is the addition of a radar system into the dashboard. This accident prevention device is designed to help the driver avoid other vehicles and obstructions while driving and/or backing up.
“Radar alerts are new devices increasingly installed in eco-friendly vehicles to warn the driver when you’re getting too close to a car in front of you, which can be useful in traffic. In some instances, the car will brake automatically to prevent a collision,” writes Blue And Green Tomorrow.
Furthermore, these devices are considered eco-friendly due to the countless accidents they can prevent. Car accidents cost the country billions in healthcare costs and cleanup, and these devices can truly help to keep wrecked vehicles out of landfills with every accident prevented.
Ultimately, being aware of the latest and greatest eco-friendly vehicle features can help you to remain an eco-conscious driver and consumer. It’s always important to be aware of even the small steps you can take to improve sustainability.