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Daily commutes and routes are a part of nearly everyone’s lives, and trips to the pump only become more frequent as school is in full swing. Make your car trips to work and school more green with these simple changes and you’ll become an eco-friendly driver in no time!

  • Check your speed: It can be tempting to push the pedal to the metal when you’re in a rush but this can cost you more in fuel. Fuel efficiency decreases tremendously when increasing your speed. It will also increase your carbon footprint and the total cost of your road trip if you get ticketed for speeding. Take advantage of the cruise control feature to get the most out of your tank.
  • Fuel up with 7-Eleven RENEW: Feel good about filling up when you visit a 7-Eleven RENEW location. You simply pump the same high-quality fuel, and RENEW automatically calculates your estimated tailpipe emissions and invests in certified carbon reduction projects. These projects include wind, solar, water, and carbon reduction. Learn more here!
  • Open your windows: Now that fall is quickly approaching and the weather will be cooling down, it’ll be easier to avoid using air conditioning and heating during your car rides. Park in the shade and open your windows for some breeze to avoid the use of your gas-guzzling A/C. 
  • Maintain your car regularly: Be sure to have your car inspected regularly. Make sure there are no leaks and it’s running as efficiently as it can. If your tires are not filled to the correct level of pressure, you can use up more fuel than it normally requires. Have your tires filled correctly in order to reduce your carbon emissions. 
  • Avoid idling: Whenever you pull over to stop or make a call, turn off the engine and do not leave the car idling. It’s easy to spend a considerable amount of time in the carpool lane when waiting to pick up your kids after school. If you turn off the engine, it will take less fuel to restart your vehicle than if you kept it running the entire time. This will help improve your gas mileage and emit less greenhouse gases.

Become a more eco-friendly driver and follow these helpful tips to help make your drive to work and school more green!