Our guest bloggers are Dave McCurdy and Jason Grumet. McCurdy is the the President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Grumet is the Executive Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy.
The solutions to climate change and energy security are going to require creativity, dedication and innovation across our society. Government must adopt sound policies that provide incentives and support for innovation. Companies have to seize opportunities to develop new, more efficient products. And all Americans must join together in the recognition that our individual actions have real impacts on our nation’s economy, security and environment.
Automakers understand and share the concerns of policymakers, environmental advocates and American consumers about rising gas prices, energy security and climate change. New aggressive efforts are underway to develop highly efficient vehicles and advanced technologies that do not consume oil. While these efforts progress, there’s something that every American driver can do to be part of the solution — it’s called ecodriving.
Ecodriving is a public education and awareness initiative aimed at providing consumers with tips to show how regular vehicle maintenance combined with simple changes in driving habits can lead to significant improvements in fuel economy and reductions in automobile carbon dioxide emissions. Ecodriving is practiced in other parts of the world and is proven to provide fuel economy improvements as much as 15 to 20 percent. With gas prices at record highs and growing concern over climate change, ecodriving provides direct pocketbook benefits to consumers, and give them tools to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ecodriving proves you can save money and improve the environment by driving green. Best of all, ecodriving can provide benefits right now across the entire vehicle fleet.
By following a set of easy-to-use best practices for driving and vehicle maintenance, a typical ecodriver can improve mileage by about 15 percent. Today’s automobiles are really computers on wheels, with more than 3,000 interactive parts operating as a complex system. The more you know about your machine, the better you can reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions. Always read your owner’s manual. Maintaining proper tire pressure, regularly replacing air filters, using the right oil and removing excess weight from your vehicle, as well as using cruise control, combining trips and avoiding “jack rabbit” starts and stops will ultimately save you money at the pump and reduce CO2 emissions. Read more