It is nothing strange to see a billow of smoke coming from the car near you, which is probably the biggest and most accepted source of air pollution in our world today. In many major cities worldwide, the effect is more pronounced, causing a vast array of problems. Car inspections are not only important when you’re going to buy a new car. Rather, car owners must get into the habit of regularly inspecting their vehicles in order to ensure that the cars are running as efficiently as possible, hence reducing carbon emissions in the environment. This is an extremely necessary step, given that according to US EPA, over 50% of all air pollution results from mobile sources in general and auto-mobiles in particular.
Why should you care about air pollution?
Air pollution refers to the introduction of foreign matter including particulates, chemicals, biological materials and other hazardous components into the earth’s atmosphere. The result is damage to the environment, increased incidence of disease to life forms and other damage to property. It has been long known that air pollution is responsible for damage to the ozone layer, resulting in global warning whose negative effects are without number.
Because of their affordability, the average home in the US has at least one vehicle – most have two. The result is that people living in these regions are breathing in air that is of substandard quality, increasing respiratory disease occurrence – wheezing, asthma, coughing as well as aggravation of pre-existing heart and respiratory ailments. Such ailments are responsible for a whopping 3.3 million fatalities worldwide each year. In addition, according to the WHO, millions of dollars annually are used to treat such respiratory conditions. This would be nothing, were we not to consider that air pollution is something we have at least some control over.
How can we improve this?
Most countries today are enacting strong legislation to curb air pollution and its subsequent effects on the environment. In the US, most states have passed laws requiring that most vehicles in the state be subjected to annual car inspection processes, including safety and emissions tests. These laws cover auto mobiles of every kind from passenger and light commercial vehicles to heavy commercial vehicles and even motorbikes and scooters. As far as environment impact mitigation goes, this is definitely a step in the right direction. In addition to annual vehicle inspections, potential car owners should also be educated on the importance of eco car inspections in addition to the regular safety inspections carried out for pre-owned vehicles.
Your third-party inspector should not only be interested in whether the vehicle possesses all qualities touted by sellers; but rather whether the vehicle has capacity to run efficiently in ideal circumstances i.e., when vehicle maintenance protocols are followed to the letter. Its emissions levels should be well below prescribed limits and this inspection should be carried out regularly to ensure that standards are maintained. By preventing purchase of non-efficient vehicles as well as proper maintenance of vehicles being driven, we will play a small part in reducing the level of emissions in the atmosphere, and help secure a better future for coming generations.