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  • Ways to feel good about your commute in 2019

    Dec 27, 2018 | Read More News
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    ‘Tis the season to ponder ways to make positive changes in your life now that the new year has arrived. There is something you can do that will save you money, reduce traffic congestion, and help the planet by reducing carbon emissions.  
     
    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program suggests you try to drive less by sharing rides with coworkers, trying transit, or using The Loop for your commute.Loop commute
     
    “A large portion of our air pollution is caused by using our motor vehicles, so whenever we can skip a trip or share a ride, it will benefit the air we breathe,” said Beth Gorman, Senior Program Manager with PDEQ. According to information from Pima Association of Governments, every 1.1 miles driven creates 1 pound of air pollution. “When we say ‘drive less’ we aren’t saying to put your car up on blocks. It’s more to get into the mindset of asking yourself if you really need to make the trip alone in your car today or are there other transportation options that will work just as well,” said Gorman.
     
    And your vehicle doesn’t have to be driven to pollute the air -- idling vehicles create air pollution in a concentrated area.  Research by Argonne National Laboratory indicates that idling your vehicle’s engine for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and emits more carbon dioxide than turning the engine off and restarting it. In addition, vehicles warm up faster when driving slowly than when idling. So, if you choose to use your vehicle, reduce idling by avoiding drive thru lanes and warm up the engine while driving instead of sitting in the driveway.
     
    Carpooling, riding the bus or streetcar, or hopping on the bike are effective ways to reduce engine wear, gasoline use, and air pollution. And you may find that you enjoy the chance to save money, reduce stress, catch up on reading, make new friends, get some exercise and feel good about the transportation choices you make in 2019. That’s a resolution you can benefit from all year long.