Automobile emissions contribute a considerable amount of air pollution and the accumulation of greenhouse gases. The less you use your car, the better it is for the planet and the more money you can save on car expenses – particularly with the price of gas going up and up and up.
But it’s not only gas money you save when you cut down on the use of your car; your tires last longer and you can go longer between oil changes and other maintenance as well.
Reducing our automobile use is something we can all do to improve our air quality, the health of our planet, and our pocketbook.
Not only can carpooling reduce the number of cars on the road, but many urban areas have faster lanes designated just for cars with multiple passengers. See if any of your neighbors want to get together and share a ride to the grocery store or the mall. Maybe some of your co-workers live nearby and would like to share a ride to work – you can alternate drivers daily or weekly.
Walk or Bike to Work
Consider walking or biking to work if the weather and your situation permit it. You’ll not only use your car less, but you’ll improve your health and fitness in the process.
You might even be able to ultimately get a reduction on your health insurance premium if you’re currently overweight and you lose the extra pounds by walking or biking to work.
Use Public Transportation
Check your local public transit information for schedules of buses and trains that serve your area. Typically these services hit the high traffic areas like shopping centers and downtown areas.
While it may be less convenient, you may be able to largely eliminate your dependence on an automobile. Take advantage of not having to drive by using the time to read or listen to your iPod.
Telecommuting can be a great way to minimize your car usage. Ask your employer if you can stay home one or more days a week and work from the comfort of your home office. Saving the time and cost of your commute are added benefits.
Many of your shopping destinations are located centrally. The goal is to do all of your shopping in one trip. You can do your grocery shopping and buy your clothes as part of the same excursion. Again, you’ll be saving time and saving money on gas.
Reducing your dependence on your car can go a long way toward contributing to improving the air quality in your area. All of these ideas will not only lessen the use of your automobile, but they’ll also improve your life by saving money, saving time, or strengthening your health.