Being conscious of how much you drive is very important, especially during the winter!!
Let’s face it – during the winter months, we are likely going to drive more often then when the sun is shining and the grass is green.
I am going to give you a few of my green travel tips that I’ve learned from driving around my fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage!
Last month, I am ashamed to admit that I drove all the way to a store, which I thought was open 24/7. When I got there, I realized it was closed. Then I travelled to another location, which I also thought was 24/7, and when I got there – it, too, was closed.
It really made me feel absolutely horrible about making a trip that was completely pointless and emitting greenhouse gas emissions that really weren’t needed to be spent!
I know that many of you have probably faced a similar circumstance of careless driving. But what can we do about it?
It did made me wonder how often we drive when we don’t have to or make unnecessary trips.
When thinking of my travel patterns, I begun thinking to myself how we can make our trips more efficient by really thinking about what we need and when we need it.
I started to keep a travel journal!
Here are some ways that I trip chained to reduce my vehicle emissions this month:
- Travelled to the gym, grocery store and Shoppers
- Travelled to Whitby with my boyfriend for my cousin’s son’s baptism and on the way back picked up a product from Best Buy
- Travelled to the Farmer’s Market and went to a friends directly afterwards
- Travelled to Omemee for the International Speaking contest – Travelled to Costco, Value Village, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Chapters – all in one go!
Here are some travel tips that you may not have considered.
The Rule of 10
Don’t leave your house unless you have 10 errands to run. This can help reduce the amount of time you spend on the road and make your travel more efficient!
Piggy – back your errands with someone else
If a family member is going “out” and you need something, ask them to pick it up while they are out to save you a trip – I did this with my roommate this month and it worked great!
3. Consider downsizing your vehicle
Are you driving a gas guzzling older model? Consider switching to an electric or hybrid or a fuel-efficient car (like the Mitsubishi Mirage to help cut emissions!) How does a fuel-efficient car give cleaner air? The lesser the fuel consumption of the car, lesser is the smoke that will come out of its exhaust. This is because the tailpipe emissions coming from fuel-efficient cars are lesser than the cars that are not fuel efficient. As a result, the damage done to the atmosphere is considerably less. Fuel-efficient cars help in reducing pollution and smog by at least 50%
4. Plan, plan, and plan again!
Make sure you look up the times a venue is open BEFORE you go out to save yourself the trip – and our planet the greenhouse gas emissions!
5. Keep a travel journal
To help you figure out what trips you are taking – which ones are needed and which are pointless!
6. Reduce idling
Waiting for a train to pass? Turn off your car to save you from idling! Also, reducing your idling time when waiting for the car to warm should only 1 minute!
As often as you can with friends and family to help reduce the number of cars on the road and keep traffic light
Although it might be cold, and driving is tempting, try to reduce how much you travel. There are plenty of ways to get creative – what ways have you reduced your mileage?
Let us know! We are eager to hear.