A few years later, we have seen falling fuel prices once again, leading many people to abandon their hunt for more efficient transportation. Once again auto makers are offering larger and less efficient vehicles, and people are purchasing cars that are much bigger than they need.
Regardless of the current price of fuel, the fact is that over consumption of all fossil fuels is a major contributing factor to climate change. In America, we tend to drive more than in many other developed nation, so our transportation choices do really matter- a lot.
In 2016, consider making an eco-resolution to use less fuels as part of your family's transportation plan. Using less doesn't require you to buy a new vehicle or switch to an electric only car. Rather, there are simple steps you can take that will reduce your fuel consumption and are easy to incorporate into your regular lifestyle. Here are just a few things to try:
- Combine trips to nearby stores instead of making several trips throughout the week
- Carpool with co-workers
- Use public transportation if available
- Shop locally whenever possible
- Walk, run, bike, or hike in your local neighborhood park or recreation area instead of driving to the gym every day
- Watch your driving habits