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TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT WHEN DRIVING

  • Correctly inflate your tires. When your tires are not properly inflated, your car is unable to use fuel as effectively because of the extra friction created between your tire and the road. For every three pounds they fall below their recommended pressure your fuel economy will fall by one percent. Properly inflated tires increases your fuel economy and is better for the environment!
  •  Get an oil change. When your car’s motor oil is clean your car functions better which, in turn, causes you to achieve top gas mileage and reduces the pollution created by your car.
  •  Rapid acceleration and braking reduces gas mileage and can burn an extra 125 gallons of gas per year.
  •  Watch your speed: In highway travel, exceeding the speed limit by a mere five mph results in an average fuel economy loss of six percent.
  •  Air conditioning can decrease your fuel efficiency by as much as 12 percent in stop-and-go traffic, so consider cracking the windows.   But at high speeds, driving with the windows open can decrease the overall efficiency of the vehicle. At higher speeds, you can use the vents to get a good air flow.
  •  Keeping your engine properly tuned can save you up to 165 gallons of gas per year. Checking spark plugs, air filters, hoses and belts are a few fairly inexpensive examples of maintenance that can result in potential savings of over $400 each year.
  •  Plan your travels: Cutting a 20 mile trip out of your schedule each week can reduce your global warming pollution by more than 1,200 pounds and save you over $100 in gas expenses a year.
  •  Plan trips during off hours when fewer cars are clogging the roads.
  • Carpool, bike or take the bus to work, and/or telecommute when possible. If you need to drive occasionally, consider joining a car-sharing service like MetrO! RideShare instead of driving your own wheels.
  • Crawling traffic can contribute eight times as much air pollution as traffic moving at regular highway speeds. Check out your local news Web site for traffic information and adjust your route accordingly.
  • Idling for just 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off the car and restarting it. Turn the ignition off at long stoplights and other lengthy hold-ups. And rather than using the drive-through, just park and go in.

 

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