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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer's almost here!


For many families, piling suitcases, kids and even cats and dogs into the car for your summer vacation is a yearly tradition. You and your family can green your car trip and get the summer off to a cool start by trying these simple steps:

1) Don’t idle. Have you ever walked behind a car in a parking lot that was sitting with it’s engine going? Cough! Cough! Idling causes unnecessary pollution. It’s a good rule of thumb to turn off your engine when parked for more than 30 seconds. The best way to “warm up” your car is to drive the vehicle and it will be “warmed up” in 30 seconds.

2) Lighten up! Get that junk out of your trunk. Driving around with unnecessary weight makes your car less fuel efficient.

3) Be a smooth operator. Avoid jerky starts and stops and use cruise control to maintain a steady speed. And slow down! Your car uses less fuel when driven close to the speed limit.

4) Keep it in tune. Get regular tune ups and make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated to boost it’s MPG.

5) Check your cap. Many cars have missing or broken gas caps which cause gas to leak and harm the environment.

6) Don’t be a drag. Remove bicycle and ski racks when not in use, and keep those windows closed when driving on the highway to reduce drag and improve your fuel economy.

7) Make a plan, Stan. Plan your route to avoid sitting in heavy traffic.

3 comments:

ROSIDAH said...

Hi Deirdre, I just came upon your blog while searching for a green link to share with my friends. We are participating in a meme called Think Green Thursday to raise some environmental awareness. I hope you don't mind that I have linked to you here. Because, I really think that you are doing a great job! Thank you and best wishes from Indonesia :)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Hopping over to you from Rosidah's blog.
The first tip : Don't idle is so true! Very often I see this happening. People do no switch off the engine of cars, motorbikes. Think Green , be Green!

Cielle said...

Hi! I was also following Rosidah's link. Environmentalism is a subject that's very dear to me, so I'll be stopping in to your blog regularly from now on (and recommending it to others.) Very well-written and full of great ideas!