Our Honda Civic is a great little car. Fuel efficient, handles well, and has lots of trunk space.
Our minivan, however, is not exactly fuel-efficient. It has a V6 engine, and seats 7 comfortably. It handles like a tank. It is also the vehicle I drive the most, since DH has to commute to work by car.
According to the Eco Driver website (http://www.ecodriver.org/), "about 13% of Canada's carbon dioxide emissions are due to cars and light trucks on our roads. The average car emits one tonne of carbon dioxide every 5,000 kilometres and for those of us who drive, about half our personal greenhouse gas emissions come from driving......Reducing fuel consumption by just ten tanks a year can save you hundreds of dollars, and reduce your personal CO2 emissions by almost a tonne."
By maintaining a steady speed using cruise control, I can be 10-15% more fuel efficient. So I plan to use the cruise feature on the van whenever possible.
Note to my readers: NEVER use cruise control when driving in the rain or on wet roads. The vehicle can hydroplane, potentially causing a serious accident.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Use cruise control whenever possible (Day 54)
Posted by Eco Mama at 11:06 PM
Labels: driving, fossil fuels, fuel efficiency
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