Recycling Steel From Cars

 

Recycling has become a pervasive practice these days. People recycle and reuse different types of materials. And, automobile recycling is a common practice globally. The past few years have shown a prominent growth in the auto recycling industry. The trend of reusing car parts has increased.

There are auto recyclers and auto dismantlers which remove the functional parts and sell them in the market. Parts that are damaged and can’t be reused are recycled for different types of applications. Various fluids in the car are also recycled. Fluids that can’t be recycled are disposed of without adversely affecting the environment. The metallic portion which is mostly steel is crushed into a small chunk and then shred. The shredded steel is reused.

Steel is required in a lot of areas. But manufacturing steel is an elaborate process using up many of our natural resources. If steel is recycled from cars, it will greatly reduce the need to manufacture new steel which in turn will benefit the environment.

Let us see some of the major benefits of recycling steel:

Conserves iron ore

Most automobiles have a frame of steel. Manufacturing steel for cars entails the use of large amounts of iron ore. Hence, recycling steel from damaged cars directly reduces the amount of iron ore used for making steel.

Reduces coal used

Reusing steel directly reduces the coal consumption. This is because coal is needed for refining iron ore for production of steel.

Limestone is conserved

Reduction in steel production reduces the quantity of limestone used. This is because limestone is essential for mining coal.

Energy efficient

The process of melting and re-molding the available steel saves more energy than the process generation of steel from iron ore. Manufacturing steel entails transporting iron ore to a refinery and using very  large amounts of energy for steel creation.

Reduction in Greenhouse gases

Coal burning plants used for steel manufacture are one of the largest contributors towards greenhouse gases which are harmful to the atmosphere. Recycling steel drastically reduces the number of these gases being released into the atmosphere.

Reduces landfill

If a car is just abandoned and not recycled, it will occupy space in a junkyard or landfill. Effective recycling reduces the landfill to a large extent.

Recycling auto parts and steel is beneficial to the environment in the long run. It saves the fossil fuels used, reduces the usage of ores. It also helps reduce the greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere.

Thus, we see that reusing steel from cars saves time, energy, money, and of course the environment!

 

Brake Discs and Winter Highway Driving Tips

Winter is a difficult season to drive on roads. There are so many factors that you have to think about including the snow or moisture on the road, the temperature of the road and the temperature your tyres can handle and makes hurdles.

The first thing to remember when driving in extremely cold temperatures is to drive as slowly as you can without obstructing traffic. The roads might be slippery and treading on the tyres won’t grip as easily because of the lack of friction and makes roads slippery.

When you are approaching any inclines, don’t speed up or slow down. Try to use the momentum to get the car up the hill. The frictionless surface doesn’t allow gripping and you could spin out potentially causing accidents. You should also try to avoid stopping on hills as it is more challenging to get the car moving again.

When going down any inclines try to keep your speed slow. The gravity is already pulling you down which makes stopping slightly more difficult. Apply the brakes as soon as you start descending downhill.

Spinning is common in cold weather conditions. If you happen to spin out of control and skid then make sure that you take your foot off the throttle. Gently pull the wheel in the opposite direction of which the car is spinning. Sharp movements will damage the tyres and your brakes and issued major problems. It is important to stay calm if this happens.

Do not take a corner very sharply. Slow down progressively and then gently take the corner. Remember that you should not push the brakes whilst you are turning as it causes brake wear and reduces their lifespan. Slowing down to turn into another road will prevent you from slipping into the other lane.

During the winter season you have to make sure that you have the correct fitments and parts. You also have to make sure that the windscreen is clear from any frost or mist when you start to drive. To remove frost, you can pour regular tap water over it and allow it to reach the temperature of the air. Frost usually accumulates overnight and by the time it reaches morning, it is slightly warmer. Therefore pouring the tap water over your car should not freeze the windscreen.

Preventing possible shattering of the brake discs is what will keep you from spinning uncontrollably. Therefore getting the brakes checked regularly is advisable during this time of the year.