It’s no secret that now is one of the most important times to go green. With the climate crisis on the horizon, many Americans are turning to Energy Star appliances and cutting back on their everyday energy use.
But there’s more that goes into your carbon footprint than the energy you use in your home. Your vehicle also produces its own fair share of toxins into the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget to invest in a new electric vehicle to be more eco-friendly. Here are a few tips you can use to reduce your carbon tire tracks alongside your carbon footprint.
- Avoid driving when you can. You need to drive your car sometimes, but you don’t need to do it all the time. Consider how near certain destinations are and whether or not you can take alternative transport. For instance, there are 12 million locomotives, rail cars, trucks, and vessels that move goods over the transportation network in the U.S. and Americans use public transportation up to 34 million times every weekday. By taking public transportation once a week or walking to destinations with shorter commutes, you can not only reduce your carbon footprint but also save on gas.
- Keep your car in good shape. As of 2018, there were approximately 100,000 bulletproof vehicles on the road worldwide and 276.1 million vehicles on U.S. roads. However, not every vehicle on the road has been properly tuned, repaired, or maintained. Regular maintenance can decrease your car’s emissions, increase your fuel efficiency, and make your car run better as a whole.
- Make sure your gas cap isn’t cracked or broken. This is one of the simplest ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Cracked or broken gas caps allow your fuel to evaporate, which is not only bad for the environment but also costs you a lot of money. Keep your fuel where it’s meant to be and invest in a new cap if yours is broken.
- Plan your trips ahead of time. Whether or not you’re using your phone’s GPS while you’re on the road, you can waste a lot of fuel and unnecessary acceleration when you don’t know where to go. A GPS can take you in a round-about direction and an unexpected turn can put you in traffic. That said, be sure to plan out your trip ahead of time and check for traffic online.
You don’t need to invest in a specialty vehicle to be more eco-friendly with your driving. By planning ahead, using public transit, taking walks when you can, and making sure your car is in good shape to drive, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save yourself some hard-earned money while you’re at it.