Sustainable Solutions

  
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Product Lifecycle
Fuel Efficiency
Driving Behaviors
Alternative Fuel Sources
Public Transportation System
Land Use Planning
Long-term Change
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​Driving Behaviors

Driving behavior and vehicle maintenance can have substantial impacts on fuel efficiency.

  • Instead of taking multiple short trips, link your trips together. This decreases the number of times you need to start your car on a cold engine, which creates more pollution.

  • Don’t idle. Idling leads to more emissions than stopping the car, then starting it up again shortly after (while the engine is still warm).

  • Speeding, rapid acceleration, and abrupt braking can decrease fuel efficiency by 33% at highway speeds.

  • If your family owns more than one vehicle, choose the one with higher gas mileage whenever possible.

  • By driving more slowly, you can increase fuel efficiency. Each five miles per hour over 60 miles per hour is like paying an additional 20 cents for gas.
    • If you drive a car with manual transmission, change gears at the right revs.

    • Use the lowest manufacturer-recommended octane gasoline

    • Travel during off-peak hours

    • Close windows when driving on the expressway to reduce drag

    • Take the shortest route with the best roads

  • Practice proper vehicle maintenance
    • Keep your engine serviced and in good working order.

    • Regularly check and replace fuel filters.

    • Use high-quality oil.

    • Make sure tire pressure is where it should be. This increases the life of the tires and improves efficiency.

    • Don’t keep extraneous objects in your car. This adds weight and increases emissions.