More than half of our air pollution comes from vehicles. Cars expel toxic fluid & greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. A major way that we can benefit the environment is taking every possible opportunity to leave the car off at home.
The fantastic thing about driving less is that it has a dual component-- It gives you the opportunity to slow down a little bit, enjoy your surroundings, and get some exercise, all while doing your part for the world.
Here are some ways to do it:
- Walk or bicycle to as many places as possible. (Work, the convenience store, errands, a friend's house, local restaurants, etc.) Plan ahead to factor in extra time & weather conditions.
- Carpool! If you live near a co-worker or are going somewhere with others, choose one designated driver and only have one vehicle on the road.
Not only does a goal of driving less give you the ability to slow down, take in scenery, interact more, and exercise-- but it also helps you stay organized. For example, instead of driving to the grocery store every day, you could elect one day of the week for your groceries (having planned what you will need in advance.)
Of course, life is busy and there are always surprises and exceptions. Being aware and trying as often as possible is the very best technique for having an impact.
Have you made the decision to try to drive less? We would love to hear about your experience, input, and any techniques that you use!