Find alternatives to driving alone. The RideshareMT website offers a forum for finding partners to share a drive and great advice to make the partnerships work. The site has hundreds of registered users in the Bozeman area. It requires a quick registration, and includes a calculator to quantify the money and fuel you could save by carpooling.
When driving is a must, it’s possible to save carbon by adopting a more fuel efficient driving style. Each gallon of gasoline you burn emits 19 pounds of CO₂ (Tips from the Department of Energy):
- Combine trips to reduce total miles traveled.
- Remove excess weight from your car.
- Remove roof racks when not in use.
- Avoid idling for more than 30 seconds.
- Use cruise control.
- Keep engine tuned.
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Use recommended grade of motor oil.
It’s as simple as turning your key when you’ll be stopped for 30 seconds or longer. Save gas, save money, no-brainer.
Idle Free Bozeman is a City of Bozeman working group focused on reducing vehicle idling in Bozeman. Idling contributes to poor air and water quality, and generates unessecary greenhouse gas emissions. The group has done baseline monitoring on current habits, given a survey on motivations for idling, created educational materials, and is planning many outreach strategies in the community at large.