How can dropping off the kids at soccer practice, running by the bank,
and picking up dinner contribute to cleaner air? Trip chaining -
combining errands into one sensible trip - is just one of the many
simple things you can do to help improve the quality of our air and
reduce traffic congestion.
You probably know that ozone created by vehicles contributes to air
pollution. Even a little bit can create a problem. At the same time, a
small change can have a big impact. For example, just maintaining your
car properly and keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure can
reduce emissions by half! Taking mass transit, car pooling or sharing a
ride to work even once a week contributes significantly to reducing
traffic congestion and pollution.
And the savings really add up: in 1999, the Texas Transportation
Institute estimated that congestion costs U.S. drivers 4.5 billion hours
of delay, 6.8 billion gallons of wasted fuel and $78 billion in wasted
time and fuel every year! And congestion is no longer just a big city
problem: we spend five times as long stalled in traffic in small and
medium-sized cities than in 1982, and this figure is growing at a far
faster rate than in larger cities.
There are many things you can do every day to help improve air
quality and reduce traffic congestion. Small, easy steps such as
maintaining your car,
refueling in the evening and
choosing alternative modes of transportation, are all ways you can
contribute to the It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air initiative. Want
even more ideas on how you can make a difference? Check out our
10 Simple Steps to Improving Air Quality tips.
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