Before you head to a Tesla dealer or put a down payment on a Prius, try adjusting your daily driving routine and habits to be more catered toward a healthy environment. There are plenty of things you can do with any lifestyle, in any area with any type of car to reduce your addition of greenhouse gases to the environment. Check out these three tips of how you can get be a smarter automobile owner and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Think Carpooling: Beyond reducing the amount of vehicles on the road, carpooling is great for reducing pollution. Whether it’s to and from work, how your kids get to school or leisure activities on the weekends, there are opportunities every single day to share the ride with someone. The expenses of gas are cut in at least half, depending on how many people you carpool with. Toxic emissions decrease, such as the amount of greenhouse gases that are put into the air. And lastly, sharing the ride is just more enjoyable. Day in and day out, the concentration and focus one must put into driving adds up. When you take turns driving, you can catch up on the news, close your eyes or even talk with others in the car, all of which are less stressful than traffic, stoplights and honking horns.
- Check Your Tires: When was the last time you checked the inflation levels on your tires? You might not know it, but making sure your tires are properly inflated is key to being an eco-conscious driver. Most tires have the manufacturer's recommended inflation level on the tire and having them inflated to this level can increase gas mileage as much as 3 percent. While day to day this might not seem like a lot, over time, this can add up to a lot of miles. You can fill up tires for free at most gas stations and car wash stations. Checking your tire pressure about once a week can help you use your gas efficiently and make the most of the investment you make in your car.
- Be Sensible: Leave your anger at home, because behind the wheel, you’re wasting gas. Road rage and aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent in town. Don’t feel like you have to lead the herd and accelerate like a NASCAR driver, this wastes gas, adding to toxic emissions in the air. Sensible driving is also a lot safer, causing less accidents on the road. When you can, avoid idling. This gets 0 miles to the gallon, which is wasteful. While we can’t always avoid traffic, try to when you can, especially in extreme weather. When you are waiting in traffic and either blasting the heat or using your air conditioning, this runs out your gas very quickly. Be sensible and follow speed limits.
These are just three ways you can started and on your way to reducing your carbon footprint when it comes to all things transportation. Take it a step further and look into buying an eco-friendly vehicle or using public transportation. And beyond your car is your home. Thinking about relocating? Garbett Homes offers energy efficient homes in Salt Lake City that can help you and your family cut energy costs and usage, along with those changes you make to how you get from point A to point B.