23 Things You Can Do On the Go

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  1. For shorter trips, try walking or riding your bike instead of driving. Check out the bike map for Davis at http://gis.cityofdavis.org/map-library.
  2. Look into purchasing a hybrid car.
  3. Consider an electric vehicle for around town.
  4. Take public transportation to work. Check out the Unitrans bus schedule at http://www.unitrans.com and the Yolo Bus at http://www.yolobus.com.
  5. Carpool with other employees that live in your area.
  6. When driving, accelerate and brake slowly, quick starts and stops decrease gas mileage.
  7. Avoid rush hour traffic when possible to reduce stops and starts.
  8. Keep your tires properly inflated to get better gas mileage.
  9. Using the air conditioner decreases gas mileage. At lower speeds, when it’s not too hot, roll down the window. On hot days on the highway keep the windows up and the air conditioner on- your car runs more efficiently that way.
  10. Reducing your speed is one of the simplest ways to save energy on the road. The EPA says that for every one mile-per-hour that you drive above 55 mph, a vehicle loses about one percent in fuel economy.
  11. Avoid making special trips. Plan accordingly so you can run all your errands at once.
  12. One of the simplest energy saving ideas is to get in your car, adjust the mirror and fasten the seat belt, and then start the car. Millions of gallons of gasoline are wasted each day by starting the car before drivers are ready to go.
  13. Only use your SUV when you need to haul things, transport a lot of people, or drive in the mountains. Use a smaller car when driving around town or by yourself.
  14. Vespas and scooters get 60-mpg or more, and they’re fun!
  15. If you’re not sure where you are going, look up directions online, or on a map to avoid driving around aimlessly if lost.
  16. If you have GPS in your car, remember to turn it off when not in use.
  17. When boating, use pump out stations.
  18. Turn your engine off rather than idling.
  19. Park and go inside, don’t use the drive through if the line is long.
  20. Wash your car at a commercial carwash that recycles water.
  21. Don’t top off your gas tank.
  22. Avoid air-travel as much as possible. Train travel is ten times more efficient than air. Visit http://www.amtrak.com for schedules of trains through the Davis Depot at 840 Second Street.
  23. Buy Carbon Offsets, especially if you need to fly a lot.