In this country, driving a car is the single greatest
contribution we each make to pollution, according to the
Environmental Protection Agency. It’s ironic, then, that
there are more vehicles registered in the United States
than there are licensed drivers.
We Americans are never going to stop driving. Not only is it
essential to our way of life, but we truly do love our vehicles
and being out on the open road. Without question, though, we can drastically reduce car emissions and foreign-oil dependency.
Think about your household. How many vehicles do you
really need? Does each adult in the household need a car?
More to the point, does each teenager? Do you own a car that
you almost never drive? Creating a household transportation
plan reduces emissions and your contribution to the country’s
dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Here are some ideas to keep
you moving with less.
1. Choose your cars based on your household’s total driving
needs rather than on each driver’s personal preferences. For
example, a family might share one or two small cars for going
back and forth to work, school, or the store and have one larger
vehicle for family trips or carrying large loads.
2. Check out the car-sharing services in your town. These services
give you access to a car when you need it, but when you
don’t, someone else can use that car.With a “lending library”
of cars parked throughout the area, sharing a vehicle doesn’t
have to be any less convenient than owning one. Check out
CarSharing.net to find out what’s available in your area —
whether rural or urban. Or try carpooling. You’ll get home
even faster when you’re cruising in the HOV lane.