Smart Driving education program
Ways to reduce your impact on the environment using efficient and safe driving practices.
Here are some tips and suggestions that will help reduce the impact your vehicle has on the environment:
From the EPA website:
Use our Green Vehicle Guide as a resource when you select your next car, SUV or light truck. The Green Vehicle Guide provides consumers with information on vehicle emissions, advanced technology vehicles, and alternative fuels – plus infographics, calculators, videos, and the ability to search for SmartWay certified cars and trucks.
• Be aware of your speed - obeying highway speed limits can save fuel, as well as prevent pollution.
• Avoid rapid accelerations and braking, which burn more fuel.
• Use cruise control and overdrive gears.
• When you aren't in traffic, turn off the engine rather than idle for more than 30 seconds.
• Remove excess weight from your trunk, and if you have a removable roof rack and aren't using it, take it off.
Take care of your vehicle
• Your vehicle is designed to perform best when maintained according to the instructions found in the owner's manual. A poorly maintained vehicle can pollute more and be less fuel-efficient than one that's well maintained. If the "Service Engine Soon" light comes on, you may have an emissions problem, so have your vehicle checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
• Keep your tires properly inflated: low tire pressure reduces fuel economy.
• Replace your air filter regularly. a clogged air filter can reduce fuel economy significantly.
• Whenever possible, combine activities and errands into one trip.
• Take advantage of public transportation and carpooling.
• Bicycling or walking can be suitable (and healthy) transportation alternatives.
• Gas fumes are harmful to you and the environment. Topping off your tank beyond the automatic shutoff point will cause fuel spills and emit more toxic fumes into the air.
• In very hot weather try to refuel early in the cooler morning or late evening hours to limit your exposure to fumes.
• If you live in an area that has Ozone Action Days, try to avoid filling up on those days.
Use Renewable Fuels
• Visit the alternative fuel options tab to learn about fuel choices and how to find alternative fueling stations near you.
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