How To Reduce Air Pollution From Cars And Trucks

Burn less fuel Next time you purchase a vehicle, buy the most fuel efficient vehicle that meets your average daily needs, preferably one that is rated at 32 MPG or more. Rent or borrow a larger vehicle or trailer for the occasional large load: If you have more than one vehicle, use the most fuel-efficient one possible: U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Economy Site Use transit and car- or van-pool as often as you can. Doing so three times a week can reduce your fuel consumption up to 50%. Bike or walk to avoid fuel use entirely. Telecommute (working from a home-based location via phone or Internet) to reduce driving: Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education (MITE) Minimize driving by working and playing closer to home. Plan errands to avoid unnecessary driving. Accelerate gradually — a smooth start uses less fuel Burn fuel cleaner Keep your vehicle well-tuned and tires inflated properly to reduce exhaust emissions. Combine errands into one trip — cars pollute less when they are warmed up. Avoid idling — idling exhaust contains more pollutants than running exhaust. If you purchase a new car, look for a low emission vehicle or LEV (see under-hood sticker): Burn cleaner fuel Low-sulfur gasoline (available in the Twin Cities) reduces pollutants by 10-15% 85% ethanol fuel (E85) can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. Other alternative transportation fuels such as natural gas a bio-diesel are most practical for fleets of vehicles. Source: