Curacao WillemstadThe beautiful island of Curacao is home to a diverse people and stunning environment. While it doesn’t have a lot of roads they must rank as som of the most beautiful in the world. Residents of Curacao are quite aware of the sensitivity of the environment they live in and want to make sure that they do their best to preserve it. Choosing fuel efficient and eco-friendly modes of transport is a fine way to do this. Here are the different options to choose from when deciding which vehicle to buy.

Gas / Petrol
Regular gas, or petrol, vehicles were historically not the most fuel efficient vehicles. They were popular because they were easy to service and get spares for and were fairly cheap to run. With increased regulation on vehicle emissions these vehicles have become more and more fuel efficient. They don’t quite have the efficiency of diesel engines yet but they also don’t release particulate like the diesel engines do.

Diesel
Diesel vehicles have for a long time now held the record for most fuel efficient internal combustion engine. While they are typically noisier than a petrol engine they do get more miles to the gallon. This is one of the reasons why many people feel that these are the natural choice if you’re looking for a eco-friendly vehicle. This isn’t always the case though. The particulate from diesel exhaust fumes is beginning to create a big problem in countries within places like Europe. The fine black soot from diesel emissions will even begin to coat building surfaces after years of heavy traffic. fifa 17 hack

Biofuel
There has been a lot of hype around cars that run on biofuel. Biofuel is essentially a highly combustible alcohol that is produced from natural sources such as sugar cane. This means that no oil was needed to produce this fuel. The production of oil based fuels is a big source of pollutants even before the fuel reaches the vehicle. This makes biofuel vehicles seem like a more environmentally friendly option. They may be cleaner burning engines but they still produce carbon dioxide which is also a greenhouse gas. The other impact of biofuel to consider is where it comes from. When sugar cane, or other crops, is used to produce biofuel then these crops are not adding to our food supply. This has had bad effects on some communities. Not all vehicles can run on biofuel and it’s important to check with your car manufacturer before trying it.

Hybrid
A hybrid car relies both on a petrol powered internal combustion engine as well as an electric motor powered by batteries. In heavy traffic the electric motor will move you along quietly without burning any fuel. When you need some extra power, or when the batteries run flat, the petrol engine kicks in and powers the car. These vehicles have become more affordable and as a result we see more and more cars like the Toyota Prius on our roads. Recharging the batteries does raise some of its own challenges and these batteries also need to be replaced every few years.

Electric
There has been a lot of excitement about the possibility of soon having affordable electric cars on our roads. Companies like Tesla have made huge strides in producing 100% electric vehicles. Unlike the hybrid vehicles, these cars rely purely on electricity that is stored in their batteries to power their motors. The source of this electricity determines how eco-friendly this option really is though. If you are relying on a coal burning power station to recharge your batteries then you are still having an adverse effect on the environment. These are probably the best option if you’re looking for a “green” car but they are still expensive and getting spares for them can be tricky.

If you can afford it then a pure electric vehicle like those from Tesla are probably your most eco-friendly option. If your budget doesn’t extend quite that far then a hybrid is a good bet too. Even a small petrol engine with a turbo can be a good choice. Before buying one make sure to ask your dealer about the emission figures. If we all do our part then we can keep Curacao looking beautiful for the years to come.

car maintenance Articles

There aren’t a lot of vehicles on the island of Curacao but the ones that are here need to be kept in good shape. This means that regular maintenance is something that all vehicle owners need to take care of. On a small island like this it can be a challenge to do this though. Here are some options to consider when maintaining your vehicle:

Choose a reputable service agent

There are a number of people who claim to be able to service a vehicle but that doesn’t mean that they actually can. Some of the older cars have less complicated engines and are easier to service. The newer vehicles often have more complicated electronics that require proper diagnostic equipment to be able to properly service them. Having a poorly qualified mechanic work on your vehicle could leave you with a car that is worse off than it was before. If there is an agent for your make of car then rather spend the extra money and have them service it for you. This will definitely save you money in the long run.

Sourcing Spares

A lot of the cost of maintaining a vehicle lies in the cost of spares. Sourcing the right spare part for your vehicle can be a challenge at the best of times. On an island like Curacao it is especially difficult. Most of the service agents here do not keep stock of spares and so they need to order them in. The shipping cost makes this an expensive exercise. You can check the price of the spares online and then negotiate the cost with the service agents who are working on your vehicle. Alternatively, you can order the parts yourself online and then supply them to your service agent.

Second hand spares

If you’re looking to save some money then you could always source reconditioned or recycled car parts. Sometimes these parts come from wrecked cars and the parts themselves may have very little mileage on them. There aren’t any junk yards on Curacao but there are a number in the US that list their inventory online and will ship their goods to Curacao.

Common sense

Just using common sense will also go a long way to keep your car in good shape. Make sure that you use the correct grade fuel. Top up your oil and coolant regularly. Even just keeping your car clean regularly will extend the life of your vehicle. Following a good maintenance schedule for your vehicle costs money but it will always save you money in the long run.

If you’re a first time visitor to Curacao then you may want to rent a car to get around our lovely island. There are some important things to remember when using our roads so please take note of the following. Paying careful attention will ensure a safe driving experience.

If you come from the USA you’re in luck because we drive on the right hand side of the road here. If you want to overtake another car you do this on the left.

You’ve probably come to Curacao to relax a bit so take it easy. Our speed limit in the built-up areas is 40km/h (25mph) and once you get outside of town you can go 60km/h (37mph). There’s really no need to rush.

If you’re driving along in traffic and cars are trying to enter that road from side roads then it’s important to remember that they have the right of way. People in Curacao are friendly so let them in and give them a wave and a smile.

If you’re visiting us during the months from October to February then be prepared to get a little wet. These are our rainy months so slow down and take some extra care on the road.

When you need to fill up the process may be a little different to what you’re used to back home. You need to first go to the gas station office and pay upfront for the fuel you need. Then you can go and fill your car up at the pump. At some gas stations there may be someone to help you put the petrol in your car and they always appreciate a small tip for their help.

The roads in Curacao aren’t very well lit in some places so make sure that you keep your lights on as soon as the sun begins to set.

If you follow these bits of motoring advice then we are sure that your visit to our island will be a safe and happy one. We hope you enjoy your stay with us!