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Did you know?


• Passenger vehicles consume 50% of US transportation energy, while freight trucks consume 23%.

 

• In  most major American cities, about 40% of land use is directly or indirectly dedicated to automobile operation, storage, and maintenance.

 

• Americans spend 1.6 million hours stuck in traffic.  Each year, the time and fuel wasted in traffic congestion adds up to a cost of about $40 billion.

 

• Carbon monoxide, the main ingredient in car exhaust is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It's poisonous and especially troublesome for the young, elderly and those with existing health conditions.

 

• Growth in vehicle registration exceeds population growth in the U.S

 

• Americans use their cars to travel four out of every five miles.

 

• Americans travel two trillion miles annually. That is far enough to make 10,000 trips to the moon and back.

 

• Through its lifetime, a typical car will dump 34 tons of carbon dioxide and 300 pounds of smog-forming pollutants into the atmosphere.

 

• Sixty percent of the pollution from a typical car trip is emitted in the first few minutes, when the engine is still cold.

 

• The oldest 10 percent of vehicles on the road produce more than half of the pollutants.

 

• Estimates have shown that air pollution may contribute to the deaths of as many as 60,000 Americans each year.

 

• If all tires were properly inflated, the U.S. would save 4 million gallons of gasoline each day!

 

• Average fuel consumption increases 30 percent when speed is raised from 55 to 75 miles per hour.

 

• Gas consumption doubles when speed drops from 30 to 10 miles per hour

 

• Stop-and-go traffic uses more fuel than traveling at a constant speed. If possible, keep at lease some momentum when stuck in traffic.

 

• A bus with only seven passengers is more fuel efficient than a trip made by an automobile carrying only one person. Every full bus removes over 45 cars from traffic.  Each commuter who stops driving alone and   starts taking the bus saves an average of 200 gallons of gasoline each year­

 

• Forty percent of all trips are less than five miles long. Only eight percent of all trips are longer than 25 miles.

 

• Telecommuters report that working at home reduces stress, balances their demands and personal obligations, and increases loyalty to the company.

 

• For every 1 mile per hour driven over 55 miles per hour, the average vehicle loses approximately 2 percent in fuel economy.

 

• Most cars would improve their gas mileage by six percent with a minor tune-up.

 

• One mile of new freeway costs $100 million to build.

 

• In 1993, there were 190 million registered vehicles in the U.S. By the year 2010, there will be a 76 percent increase, bringing the total to 245.3 million vehicles.