How to Reduce your Footprint Caused by Transportation

In the U.S. transportation causes the most carbon emissions in comparison to any other source.  Here are some ways to lower yours:
  • When you are traveling short distances walk or bike instead of driving.
  • Use public transportation or carpool as often as possible.
  • If you have to drive make sure to keep up on your car's maintenance and make sure the tires are properly inflated.  Properly inflated tires will make your car run more efficiently and save you money on gas.  
  • If you are looking to buy a new car consider getting a hybrid or electric car since they release less emissions.
  • When washing your car use a commercial car wash instead of washing your car yourself.  Commercial car washes are made to be as efficient as possible to save water and energy.  They also collect any contaminants that may have washed off your car and transfer the contaminated water to a water treatment plant.
  • Don't fly as often.  If you take yearly vacations that require flying try taking one every 5 years for longer periods of time.  If you have to fly for work or anything else make sure to fly economy class because it spreads the emissions across more people.