You probably already know that driving a car is not great for the environment. In fact, the EPA estimates that transportation is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gas. But for many of us, driving is a necessity and the most convenient way to get around. We totally get it, and luckily there are a few things you can do to reduce your car’s carbon footprint tire marks.
Follow the rules
Maintaining a steady speed doesn’t just help you avoid speeding tickets, it also helps you save on gas. Avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration, and use cruise control on the highway to keep your speed constant. Make sure to turn off your vehicle whenever you are parked — idling can waste a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour.
Keep your car healthy
This is something you’ll already want to do to maintain the value of your car and avoid any unnecessary repairs, but keeping your car healthy also helps reduce carbon emissions. Keep your tires properly inflated to improve your gas mileage by up to 3%. Make sure your engine is tuned, as some maintenance fixes (like fixing faulty oxygen sensors) can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40%.
Try a hybrid
If you are in the market for a new car, consider buying a hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicle. Even better, purchase a used fuel-efficient vehicle. These eco-friendly alternatives will not only save you money on gas, but also emit fewer carbon emissions. Here’s a list of what Kelly Blue Book considers the best fuel-efficient cars for under $25k.
Find a carpool
Did you know that a solo drive to work costs an average of $5,000 a year and that many people spend 250 hours alone in a car? Carpooling can be a great way to save thousands on tolls and gas, and also reduces your carbon footprint. Check out some of our favorite tips for finding a work carpool.
Switch to pay-per-mile insurance
If you find yourself driving less and carpooling/biking/taking the bus more, you could save a lot of money by switching to pay-per-mile insurance. We found that after customers switch to per-mile insurance, they reduce their driving by 6%. Not only does this mean a reduced bill, but if everyone reduced their driving by this amount, there would be 60 million metric tons less of carbon emissions emitted. Try getting a quick quote to see how much you could save!