Reduce Vehicle Fuel Emission
Can drivers in Southern Maryland can reduce fuel emissions?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, many cities across the country can claim automobiles as their single greatest contributor to pollution. While emissions from individual cars are somewhat low, emissions from millions of vehicles can add up to a substantial amount of pollution, and it takes residents working collectively to reduce those emissions and improve their local air quality.
Hydrocarbons are among the many exhaust pollutants that find their way into the air. When fuel molecules in a vehicle’s engine do not burn or burn only partially, the resulting hydrocarbon emissions can contribute to ground-level ozone, which can irritate the eyes, damage the lungs and aggravate existing respiratory problems. Carbon dioxide is another exhaust pollutant that can affect air quality and human health.
Reducing fuel emissions is an effective way for drivers to improve air quality and preserve their own health, and the following are a few simple steps motorists can take to do just that.
· Rearrange your work habits. Technology has changed how many businesses approach the traditional office environment, and men and women who are looking to reduce fuel emissions and cut costs may want to approach their bosses about rearranging their work habits. Telecommuting to work, even if you only do so for one or two days per week, can drastically reduce your fuel emissions over the course of a year. In lieu of meeting with clients or colleagues in person, which often requires travel, suggest teleconferences or video conferences so your fuel consumption and exhaust emissions are reduced.
· Maintain your vehicle. Another way to cut back on fuel emissions is to adhere to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and have any issues addressed immediately. A poorly maintained vehicle will force the engine to work harder, and that in turn will burn more fuel. Many auto manufacturers now build vehicles that require less frequent maintenance. For example, whereas oil changes were once required every 3,000 miles, many newer vehicles can now last twice that long before they need oil changes. That makes maintaining a vehicle easier than ever before.
· Maintain a safe and steady speed. Rapid acceleration and frequent stops and starts make for very inefficient use of fuel, increasing both consumption and emissions. While city drivers may not be able to avoid frequent stops and starts, they can avoid rapid acceleration between those stops and starts. Drivers who do the bulk of their driving on highways should maintain safe speeds, as driving too fast is another way to waste fuel and increase emissions.
· Embrace public transportation. Many drivers never consider public transportation, but mass transit is a great way to save money, reduce fuel consumption and emissions and protect your automotive investment. Over a typical year, the cost of mass transportation will likely pale in comparison to the amount of money you spend on fuel, and your car will last a lot longer if you opt for public transportation and avoid rush hour traffic each day.