The most obvious way to cut your carbon dioxide emissions—and shrink your environmental footprint—is to drive less. Avoid the daily drive to work by telecommuting or, on short trips, save fuel simply by walking, biking, bussing or carpooling to your destination. Even on longer excursions, you can dramatically reduce the time you spend on the road simply by planning ahead:
- Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going
- Combine trips by running several errands one after the other
- Listen to traffic reports on the radio to steer clear of accidents, road construction and other trouble spots
- Use up-to-date roadmaps to find routes that avoid stoplights, backtracking, rush-hour traffic, and steep hills that require your vehicle’s engine to work harder
These simple steps can save you from wasting fuel—and money. Still, you can do more. Move on to module two.
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