In the Car

“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Louis Cole

Dwindling supplies of oil and the pollution caused by gas and diesel fuels are two good reasons our dependency on conventional automobiles is a dangerous habit.

In the U.S., cars are responsible for about 25% of the greenhouse gases produced – which equates to 20% of total greenhouse gasses worldwide. Cars and other motor vehicles are a major source of pollutants that create smog and acid rain, and release other harmful substances that exacerbate health conditions such as asthma and heart disease, and damage the lungs.

Keep your car in good condition – Get your engine tuned up regularly, change the oil, and keep your tires inflated properly — proper maintenance can increase your car’s fuel efficiency by 10% and reduce emissions.

Cut driving miles – Each gallon of gas your car burns releases about 22 pounds of atmospheric-warming carbon dioxide. Cutting your driving by just five miles each day would contribute to keeping tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air.

Carpool – If every car carried just one more passenger on its daily commute, 32 million gallons of gasoline (and the pollution produced by it) would be saved each day.

Leave the car at home – For short distances, try to make it a habit to bike or walk. Take advantage of public mass transit whenever possible.

Look for more fuel-efficient, less polluting cars – Think about trading in that old gas guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car. A car that gets 20 miles to the gallon will emit about 50 tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Double the gas mileage and you cut the emissions by half. Investigate the many new ultra-clean alternative fuel vehicles available. Reconsider features such as automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive — they are often unnecessary and eat into gas mileage. Check out Simple Liver Larry Wexler’s solar-powered PVehicle for a glimpse into our gas-free future!

Resources On The Web

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – from the U.S. Dept of Energy
Florida Electric Auto Association
GreenerCars – a guide to hybrid vehicles
Locate Car-Free Cities
A Cool Online Carpool Resource

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