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.