The Route to Sustainable Mobility

Exciting developments are in the sustainability pipeline to greener driving from the Chevy Volt to biomass fuels.

Published: 01-Jan-2009

It’s a tough time to realize that your auto may be making a more significant contribution to the carbon crisis than you’d like—economic turmoil has made securing a bank loan to purchase a newer, more fuel-efficient model more difficult, and there’s a big question mark over the auto-manufacturing industry in general. But whether you can afford a new hybrid or not, there are simple and cost-effective ways to make your drive more environmentally considerate. Tom Lynch, the director of external affairs for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Jack Gregory, owner and technician at Jack’s Auto Service of Wassaic, both weighed in with their advice on how to achieve maximum green for as much green as you’ve got in your wallet.

Driving Smart
So much of what you do behind the wheel will affect how much you spend at the pump and how much your vehicle emits into the atmosphere. Driving at a constant speed and avoiding excessive braking not only helps keep you safer on the road, but it also gets you better fuel mileage, says Lynch.

“Gas mileage decreases rapidly for each five miles per hour after you hit sixty miles per hour,” he says. “It can be like paying an additional 30 cents per gallon for gasoline.” Observe the speed limit. If you have a lead foot, try using the cruise control whenever possible to move at a steady pace.

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