State Farm® is a long-time proponent of safe driving. But did you know that safer driving habits can also bring greener driving results?
A few small changes to your driving, and a few minutes spent on planning your travel, can have an enormous impact on you and your family's safety. Not only that, but these small choices can have an impact on the planet, too.
Here's an example: how do you usually get moving when the light turns green? According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, "jack-rabbit" starts waste gas and cause more pollution. A few seconds of rapid acceleration can produce significantly more carbon monoxide emissions than the vehicle would normally produce over several minutes at a steady cruising speed. Considering the National Safety Council cautions that driving too fast or too slow can increase the likelihood of collisions, doesn't it make more sense to keep a steadier speed?
Another safe, green idea is to keep your tires properly inflated. Tires can lose one to two pounds of pressure each month, and that number balloons in the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, maintaining properly inflated tires can also boost your fuel efficiency by about 3%, equaling about 20 gallons of gas a year. Inflate your tires, save a little money, and save the planet, too. No problem.
And finally, the benefits of walking, biking, public transportation, carpooling, and combining trips for errands can never be underestimated. All these alternate forms of transportation are safer than driving. And walking and biking can improve your health, reduce fuel usage, and reduce pollution. Driving just 5% less — by combining trips, walking, biking, or taking public transportation — can save you as much as 30 gallons of gasoline per year.
Visit our YouTube page to view short videos about the above tips and other green driving ideas.
State Farm® is committed to a future where environmental values are key to the way we do business.We will continue to find solutions to reduce our company impacts and help build safer and greener communities.
At State Farm, A Good Neighbor is a Green Neighbor™.