AAA Offers Five Ways to Drive "Greener" For Earth Day 2011

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM EDT

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AAA Offers Five Ways to Drive "Greener" For Earth Day 2011

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y., April 19, 2011 –( release) With Earth Day 2011 celebrations this week, AAA Western and Central New York is offering drivers some tips on how to drive ‘greener’ and save some money in the process.

“Many Americans are trying to make more environmentally conscious decisions, and that is top of mind this week as we near Earth Day,” said Tom Chestnut, President/CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. “There are a few things we can do to lessen our environmental impact behind the wheel while saving money, too.”

1. Imagine Eggs Under the Pedals

Change your driving style. Imagine there are eggs beneath your gas and brake pedals. Apply pressure gently and avoid making quick starts and sudden stops. The U.S. Department of Energy reports aggressive driving can reduce a car’s fuel economy up to 33 percent.

2. Just Slow Down

Don’t become a moving roadblock; safety should remain paramount. However, driving the speed limit or a few miles per hour less can reduce fuel consumption up to 23 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 mph driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.

3. Keep Your Car In Shape

A car that’s not properly maintained can produce more exhaust emissions and consume more fuel than necessary. Minor repairs can effect emissions and fuel economy by up to four percent; more serious problems, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can reduce gas mileage as much as 40 percent. To find reliable, high-quality vehicle service, visit AAA.com/Auto.

4. Choose a ‘Greener’ Car

If your household has multiple vehicles, drive the more fuel-efficient model as often as possible. When shopping for a new car, consider ‘green’ vehicles: hybrids; electric; and models with high-tech internal combustion engines that get great gas mileage.

5. Think and Plan Ahead

Consolidate trips and errands. Several short trips starting with a cold engine can use twice as much gas as a single longer trip when the engine is warm. To plan the route in advance, drive the fewest miles and locate the best gas prices along the way, use the free AAA TripTik Mobile iPhone app and the online TripTik Travel Planner at www.AAA.com/maps.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.