On average, you emit one pound of emissions when you drive:
a) 1 mile
b) 10 miles
c) 100 miles
Answer: a) 1 mile
Estimates are based on data from the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality and based on average fuel consumption of 21.5 miles per gallon. Over the course of a year, the average driver emits nearly 12,100 pounds, or 6 tons, of emissions into the atmosphere. Nearly 95 percent of these emissions are carbon dioxide (CO2).
CO2 is a main contributor to global climate change. Transportation uses account for 30 to 40 percent of the nation’s total CO2 emissions.
Did you know?
The current New Jersey law, effective since 1985, enforces that all motor vehicles (both diesel and gasoline fueled) are not allowed to have their engine running if stopped for more than three consecutive minutes.
Thirty seconds of idling can consume more gasoline than the amount used to start a car. Contrary to popular belief, in general, turning your car on and off will not harm the vehicle.