Driving efficiently to reduce vehicle emissions

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By USAG Stuttgart Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division

While the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change, these emissions can be reduced by environmentally-friendly driving:

• Get regular tune-ups, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and use the recommended grade of motor oil.

• Check your tire pressure regularly. Under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces your fuel economy, and leads to higher greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions.

• Don’t drive with unnecessary weight in your vehicle. If you’re not using a roof rack or bike rack, remove it.

• Go easy on the brakes and gas pedal, avoid hard accelerations, reduce the time spent idling and use cruise control if you have it.

• Whenever possible, drive less: use car sharing, join a carpool, use public transportation, walk or ride a bike.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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