Driving Factoids and Tips
- Between 1970 and 1999, the U.S. population grew by 33%. During this period, however, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that vehicle miles traveled grew disproportionately by 143%.
- According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, although air quality has greatly improved, vehicles on the road account for at least 29% of air pollution emissions nationwide (29% of volatile organic compounds, 34% of nitrogen oxides and 51% of carbon monoxide).
- In 1999, the Texas Transportation Institute reported that congestion costs U.S. travelers 4.5 billion hours of delay, 6.8 billion gallons of wasted fuel and $78 billion in wasted time and fuel.
- Traffic congestion is no longer just a big city problem. We spend five times as long stalled in traffic in small and medium-sized cities than in 1982, and this figure is growing at a far faster rate than in larger cities.
- Nine billion gallons of fuel are wasted in traffic congestion each year.
- Older, poorly maintained cars make up 10% of the cars in the United States but account for 90% of all emissions!
- The A/C consumes nearly a gallon of gas per tankful to keep you cool.
- It takes more energy to cool a hot car than it does to cool a medium-sized home in Atlanta during the summer!
- When you’re driving in summer, close the windows and turn on the fresh air vents. At speeds over 40 mph, the drag caused by open windows eats up more gas than a working air conditioner.
- Cruise control is ideal at highway speeds since it saves fuel by reducing excess gas pedal activity. However, in mountainous or hilly regions, you’ll get better gas mileage if you hold a constant throttle position instead of using cruise control. To do this, just maintain a steady foot angle.