Did you know that traffic congestion wastes THREE BILLION dollars’ worth of gas each year? This number is astounding, and if you included all the other times during our commutes that we lose money and resources, it would be even higher.
Aside from wasting, vehicles are the #1 factor in compromising the air quality in America. Emissions released into the air include greenhouse gases and pollutants such as carbon monoxide and smog. When these emissions are breathed directly into our lungs, it can cause serious health problems and affect our environment in harmful ways. Automobiles play a vital role in our world today. They get us from one place to the next at complete ease, and for the most part, we know we can always depend on them. Whether you’re driving your kids to school, going to work, picking up food or sending out shipments, we have reached a point in our world where we have to try and contribute to the betterment of our environment. We can start by becoming eco-friendlier drivers on the road; here’s how.
Drive a Car that has better gas mileage
The size of the vehicle you buy typically defines its gas mileage; large cars burn more fuel while smaller vehicles burn less. With gas prices as high as ever, you want to get the most out of every tank. If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that makes the most sense for your situation. If you’re going on a road trip, then, of course, bring it out the big ole SUV. But if you’re driving a few minutes to Walgreen’s and back, there is no need to haul that guy on such a short trip.
Take Advantage of Cruise Control
Most people probably haven’t used cruise control since their driver’s ed class, but it’s very beneficial in saving gas. Cruise control helps maintain a constant speed on the highway, all while preventing speeding and abrupt stopping.
Carpool or use Ride-Share Services
If possible, it’s always a good idea to consider sharing the ride with others. Carpooling can cut down weekly fuel costs, wear on your car, and emit less pollution into the air if people make a conscious effort to do this when they can. In some states, there are carpool lanes for drivers with high occupant vehicles, so you could also get to where you need to go faster.
Keep Car Maintained Regularly
Maintenance on your vehicle should be kept up with for safety reasons as well as for the benefit of the world around us. Keeping your tires inflated, the engine in tune, and getting oil changes when necessary can improve your gas mileage by 3% or more. Well maintained vehicles break down less frequently, but in the event that you car does breakdown, having protection by Endurance can save you thousands on auto repairs!
Think about it, when your car is at a stop, but the engine is left running, you’re getting 0 miles per gallon. Whether you’re at a stop light waiting for a train or saying hello to a friend on the sidewalk, turn off the car even if it’s for a few seconds to save gas, money, and avoid emitting pollution into the air for no reason.
Take Out Excess Baggage
Who can’t lose a few pounds, right? Just kidding, but your vehicle can. If you have a bunch of junk sitting in your car, or aren’t using your roof rack, remove those things from the car. Excess weight makes the vehicle less aerodynamic, resulting in extra fuel burning.
Although these changes may seem small, they can make powerful changes over a while, especially if everyone contributes to the process. These changes will come to benefit your finances as well as the world we all share and live in. If you have any other recommendations or ideas about how people can become more environmentally conscious on the road, feel free to contact us, and we will be sure to pass along the information.