Tips for "Green" Driving


Ever wondered how you could reduce your environmental impact while driving? Continue reading for 14 tips that will help you do that!

1. Don't idle your car: Idling for more than one minute pollutes the air more than driving does. It also wastes gas. Turn your vehicle off when you don't need it on!

2. Drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle in your garage or driveway the most frequently: It will cut down on your environmental impact and save you money.

3. Try to rearrange your working hours: Could you work an eight-hour day instead of two four hour ones? Can you get there an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier to avoid the stop-and-go traffic?

4. Carpool to work: If you have coworkers who live near you, then start a ride share system to cut down on your environmental impact.

5. Combine trips in your car: Run multiple errands in the same trip to save gas money and reduce environmental impact.

6. Driving routes: Could you take a shorter route to your destination, or back roads to avoid traffic? 

7. Look ahead for red lights: When you slam your brakes on for a red light, that's not very fuel-efficient. Instead, be aware of the red light further ahead of time and slowly cruise to the stop to maximize fuel efficiency.

8. Use the electronic toll booth: By doing this, you will avoid slowing down and then having to accelerate after. Instead, you can just keep on driving through the booth like you didn't even go through one.

9. Get routine repairs: When your car has things wrong with it, that affects how it performs overall. 

10. Make sure your tires are inflated: Check them weekly for the appropriate amount of air, and add air if necessary.

11. Use ethanol-free gas: It takes more ethanol than gas to go the same number of miles.

12. Air conditioning vs. open windows: In hot weather, drive with the windows down when you're driving at less than 55 mph to conserve gas. When driving at 55 mph or more, roll up your windows and turn on the air conditioner to reduce your vehicle's drag.

13. Utilize cruise control: This will help you maintain your speed without having to accelerate or brake. Using cruise control reduces fuel consumption by seven percent, according to Edmunds.com.

14. What kind of shoes are you wearing?: Wear lighter shoes when driving, to have more control over the gas and brake pedals.

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