Summertime and the livin’ is easy. . . unless your vehicle isn’t ready for summer road trips. If it’s been a while since your car has been serviced, it’s time to get it in for a vehicle check-up. A well-maintained car is an efficient car, getting better gas mileage and emitting less pollution.
Check your tires for proper inflation, and keep them in better shape in the long run. A blown tire can put your summer fun on hold or be potentially dangerous. Tires at the appropriate inflation will also improve your vehicle’s gas mileage.
Plan your trip in advance. Nobody wants to spend their vacation hours in the back up of a road under construction, so do a little research to help you go around congested areas. Apps like Waze can also help you find alternate routes in case of traffic jams.
Let someone else do the driving. For a more relaxed trip, seek out public transportation options. Why stress about driving around an unfamiliar destination and searching for parking, when you can take a trolley, bus or train?
Just a few minute’s preparation can help you save money and the air whether you’re traveling afar or exploring Kentuckiana. Have a relaxing, air friendly summer!
If cleaning the air in your own community is a priority, having an Idle Free School should be at the top of your list. Repeated exposure to air pollution during school pickup and drop off times can be harmful to young, developing lungs. Drivers can help keep the air cleaner at schools by turning off their cars while waiting. Remember the rule, Count to 10, Car Off Then!
KAIRE can provide fact cards, signage and posters to help promote Idle Free at your school or business. It’s easy to make a difference where you live and breathe by reducing unnecessary idling.
Wintry weather brings driving challenges, among them snow and ice. Make sure your tires are winter ready by checking your tire pressure and tread. Cold temperatures can reduce tire pressure to below recommended levels. Losing pressure reduces your gas mileage and can result in worn tires.
Idling is not the best way to warm up your car, and you should never idle a car inside an enclosed garage. Driving your vehicle is the best way to warm it up, so once your windshield and windows are clear, you’re good to go. If you need to wait a few minutes to pick up a friend, turn off your engine. Keep a blanket in the car for emergencies or to stay toasty warm while you are waiting and being idle free.
The holidays are an easy time to stay air-friendly, even during the hustle and bustle of shopping, welcoming friends and family and traveling to gatherings. If you’re shopping until you’re dropping, enlist the help of a friend to share the ride, carry packages and cross items off your list together. If you’re hosting a holiday party, check thrift shops for reusable serving dishes and glassware to give your table some eco-friendly sparkle. If your vehicle needs maintenance, get it checked before you hit the road. Ice scrapers make good stocking stuffers, and reduce the time spent idling when your windshield needs clearing.
We are out of ozone season here in Kentuckiana, but we will still keep you informed about local air quality. Forecasts continue for particle pollution throughout the winter months. KAIRE will also keep you informed about issues involving local air quality and sustainability. As always, we will promote air friendly programs like Idle Free, which encourages us all to help keep the air in our communities cleaner, no matter what the season.