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Cars will need to run more environmentally friendly in order to pass vehicle emission tests.  If a car does not pass a vehicle emission test, it may not be able to run, or you may have to pay hefty fees in order to keep it running.

Climate change is apparent in Canada and we must do what we can to reduce our ecological impact and footprint that we are having on the environment.  Vehicle manufacturers are now trying to produce vehicles that are more environmentally friendly.  Vehicles are one of the leading causes of air pollution and cities are now taking the brunt of the harmful emissions that are being produced (mostly in the form of smog).

An emission test can be performed to see how well your vehicle is doing compared to standards that have been set out for it.  In order to get ready for your vehicle emission test, you will need to pay attention to the weather on the day of the test.  (If it is cold out, you will need to run your vehicle longer to ensure that the car is warm).  A battery test can be performed to make sure that the fuel injector’s ability to operate and perform will not be compromised.

Make sure that your oil is changed before your test, as this will contribute to more harmful emissions than clean oil.  Premium gas, although more expensive, runs cleaner and creates less vehicle emissions, making it more environmentally friendly.  A dirty gas filter will also affect your test results.

Choosing a different fuel source may also help lower your vehicle’s emissions, such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Although this may increase the value of cars, making them more expensive to purchase initially, the impact on the environment will be less, and the better fuel economy may outweigh this initial expense.

Used cars may be harder to pass on a vehicle emission test (called a drive clean test) in a few years’ time, after more strict standards and protocols are made concerning vehicle emission tests.  These new tests will test vehicles every two years and the vehicle must pass this test before a license plate sticker will be renewed.  If your vehicle does not pass this drive clean test than you will be responsible for maintaining your vehicle and doing the necessary tests in order for it to pass the test.

Not only will these tests make sure that your vehicle is not putting harmful air pollutants in the air, it will also make your fuel economy better (which in turn will cost you less to drive your car).  By being both economically savvy and environmentally friendly, these vehicle emission tests will ensure that we are doing our best to save on fuel and make the air we breathe less polluted.

Vehicle Emissions

Vehicle emissions standards designate how much air pollutants can be released into the environment from a vehicle.

These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.

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