If you want your daily commute to be cleaner and greener, you could trade in your gas guzzler for a brand new hybrid or one of those stylish electric vehicles. But what if a new set of wheels is not in your budget? What can you do to help the environment and make your driving less taxing?
You do not have to give up driving or ride your bike to work to go green. In the end, it is the little things, the things you will stick to, that will make the biggest difference. Here are some green driving tips you can do every day.
The way you stop makes a big difference in your fuel economy, and your safety. If you slam on your brakes at stop signs and squeal to a stop at red lights, a simple change of habit can make your daily driving greener.
The next time you see a stop sign, take your foot off the gas and slowly ease to a stop. You will enjoy greater fuel economy, cleaner and greener operation and a safer and more secure daily commute.
Simply driving within the speed limit is one of the greenest changes you can make to your driving routine. The faster you go, the more gas you use, so slow down and drive more gently.
Leaving a few minutes early can make your daily commute greener – if it means you drive more slowly. You can use that extra time to think about the day ahead – or just enjoy a few extra tunes on the radio.
Combine Your Trips
You run a lot of errands every day, and each one takes a toll on the environment. The next time you have a lot of stops to make, try parking your car in a central spot and walking from store to store.
Combining your trips will give you some much-needed exercise, but it will also reduce the environmental impact of your daily driving. If you cannot walk from store to store, try planning your route to reduce the number of miles you have to drive.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Driving on underinflated tires is bad for your safety, but it is also bad for the environment. Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the best ways to reduce your fuel consumption, so get out your tire gauge and pull up to the air compressor at the local gas station.
You should check your tire pressure every time you stop for fuel, topping off as needed. You will save fuel – and reduce your impact on the environment.