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>Since the early to mid 20th century, synthetic motor oil has been commercially available to drivers, slicking the way for debate against conventional oil.  Having slid into the quagmire of economic distress, drivers may reach for the cheaper price tag.  However, the reality is that the life of your engine depends in no small part on the type of the oil you put in it.

As autumn returns, and with winter in the back of everyone’s mind, your choice in oil should compliment a cautious driving style.  In the colder months, conventional oil with thicker viscosity, flows slower on startup when most of the wear and tear occurs.

When considering an older car, the switch to synthetic oil could prove to be more economical, in spite of the higher price point. Unlike conventional oil, synthetics are known to withstand extreme conditions due to the fact that its molecules are consistent in size and shape. Some brands claim improved gas mileage. 

Beyond synthetic, there are new motor oils on the market. Eco-Power collects used motor oil and re-refines it into usable eco-friendly motor oil. This company also claims to reduce their greenhouse gases by more than 80% and their heavy metals emissions by 99.5%.

There’s also Green Earth Technologies. Their G-Oil product uses nanotechnology to produce oil made from beef slaughter byproducts. Wow.

ExxonMobil’s Mobil 1 Extended Performance uses a proprietary blend of anti-wear agents. The result – intervals between oil changes are extended up to 15,000 miles.

Small steps do count. These eco-friendly motor oils can help limit our reliance on oil imports and perhaps save a barrel or two, and reduce damaging the delicate balance of our eco-system.