Zoom into a Greener 2013


Zimride fan Rob shares small ways to change your driving habits to make a big impact on the environment.

1. Reduce your driving time

Being trapped on the road isn’t fun for your sanity or wallet, which is why it’s important to decrease the amount of time you’re driving. Explore alternate routes that can help you avoid gridlock by utilizing your GPS.

Try experimenting by leaving earlier or later to avoid traffic if you’re flexible on time.

2. De-stress your car

Extra weight within and on top of your car reduces its aerodynamic qualities, which results in your car using more fuel. Make sure to clear out clutter from your car and consider removing your roof racks if you’re not using them.

Don’t forget to maintain your car regularly, which includes checking your air filters and tire pressure, as they can also slow down your vehicle.

3. Swap out your vehicle

If you’re in the market for a new car, consider investing in a hybrid vehicle, which use an electric motor or battery alongside an engine, or a fully electric car that produces zero CO2 emissions.

Examples include the Lexus Hybrid CT, the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, and the Nissan Leaf, as well as standard low-CO2 cars like the Mini Cooper or the Prius.

4. Carpool

Sharing a ride is the simplest way to reduce your carbon footprint when driving. 80% of all vehicles in the US are occupied by only one person, which adds up to a lot of empty seats. Look into commuting for school or work as a way to save on gas money and meet new friends.

Thanks for the great tips Rob!

Happy 2013!

Your Zimride Crew

Rob James is a mechanic and kit car enthusiast, his favourite car is BMW 3 series. He recommends you check out your local the Cooper BMW dealers and pick up one of these iconic motors! Rob likes to blog about kit cars, general maintenance, and enthusiast rallies.