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3 Key ways to make more sustainable transportation choices.

 

3 Key Ways to Green Up Your Transportation Habits:

 

Turn the Key, Be Idle Free

10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the engine on and off (NJDEP), and engine fumes degrade air quality and are tied to asthma and other respiratory conditions. Turn your engine off when you are sitting for more than 10 seconds, especially near children and in urban areas where pollution levels are already high.

Commit to More Days on Mass Transit


$6,251: Amount the average two-worker household saves annually by taking public transportation instead of driving a car (Source: Environmental Defense). Have you checked out the mass transit routes near your home, and do you use them?  Let’s face it, sometimes mass transit is not as convenient as driving. So start small by committing one day per week as a mass transit day, and build up from there as you get more comfortable with it. Where mass transit is infeasible, coordinate with coworkers or friends to carpool, walk, or ride a bike.

Drive Slower, and Get Tune-ups!

Drive the speed limit—the faster you drive, the more fuel that you consume. Driving 65 mph uses 20% more fuel than driving 55 mph, and driving 75 mph versus 65 mph increase fuel consumption by 25% more.  Don’t neglect tune-ups or oil changes; a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10-20%.  Always keep tires aligned and properly inflated, otherwise fuel consumption can increase by upwards of 6%. All cars have a label describing the correct tire pressure, usually found on the edge of the door or door jamb, in the glove box, or on the inside of the gas cap cover. Use the higher number psi (pounds per square inch) to maximize your fuel efficiency (US EPA).  

 

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