There are two main issues that confront everyone today. First is the issue of global warming and the other is the soaring gas prices. With the rising global temperature, catastrophes such as drought and extreme weather conditions may occur.
Meanwhile, with the soaring gas prices, consumers are brought down to their knees, especially the vehicle owners. Not a pretty sight, right? But there is still time to change everything. A first step would be to take environmentally-friendly alternatives to the things that we have and do.
If you’re a vehicle owner, you might consider trading your current one for a hybrid car. But why choose a hybrid car? Here are a few reasons why:
- It is fuel efficient. Because you do not only depend on gasoline or diesel to fuel your vehicle, you save a lot of money in the long run.
- It has better mileage. Unlike typical vehicles, hybrid cars can give you better mileage because again, you have an alternative source of fuel apart from gasoline or diesel.
- It can save you a lot of money. If you think saving money from gas is enough, you can get more savings if you are from the United States. Currently, the US government is giving tax breaks to consumers who buy hybrid cars. Take note though that your hybrid car should at least have an average of 45mpg in order to avail of this tax break.
- It reduces emissions. Some hybrid cars are powered by electricity aside from its internal combustion engine. Because of this, gas emissions are greatly reduced in the process. Remember that these gas emissions are one of the major sources of air pollution.
- More efficient engines. Stuck in traffic? When you’re using a hybrid car, your engine automatically shuts down during traffic and starts up again when you put it in gear. Now how efficient is that?
As you can see, the benefits of owing a hybrid are many. They are a little more expensive to purchase but the pricing gap between hybrid and traditional cars has narrowed to a negligible amount in the past year which makes them even more attractive to todays car shopper that is concerned about their environment.