Reduce your transportation GHG emissions by 5%
- Change the oil as recommended by manufacturer
and use the specified oil range. Because the oil is in contact with moving
parts of the engine, thicker oil will slow those parts down and decrease fuel
economy and thinner oil leads to faster wear and shorted vehicle life. As oil
gets dirty, it gets thicker and does not lubricate well, so your vehicle will
get poor mileage and more wear on the engine.
- Keep tires properly inflated. Under-inflated
tires increase resistance and decrease fuel economy. Overinflated tires wear
more and will need to be replaced sooner.
- Drive sensibly and obey the speed limit.
Aggressive driving is not only unsafe, it wastes gas and takes a toll on your
vehicle. Accelerate slowly and use the engine to slow your vehicle down instead
of using your brakes. When your foot is not on the gas but the car is in gear,
it is using the kinetic energy to move the car rather than the chemical energy
of combustion. The longer you can keep your foot off the accelerator, the less
gas you will use.
- Remove excess weight from your vehicle. The more
your car weighs, the more energy is required to move it.
- Do not idle. Idling achieves you zero miles to
- Planning your trips well can save a lot of time
and money. Combining errands and driving outside of rush hours are a great way
to drive less. Catalytic converters work best when they are warm, so many short
trips when the car is cold produces very poor emissions.