Monday, April 23, 2007

Earth Week - Get out of your car!

If drivers would use alternative transportation even 1 or 2 days a week, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly reduced. Try riding your bike to work, or take transit, or carpool, or walk!

If the benefit to the environment isn't enough incentive for you, think about these stats from the Canadian Auto Assn. on the true cost of operating a vehicle. The numbers are based on Dec. 2004 data (when gas was 86.9 cents/litre) so the real costs are even higher:

Based on driving a Chevy Cavalier Z-24 for 12,000 km in 1 year, total annual cost is over $8500 (including insurance, depreciation, gas, maintenance, interest). That works out to over 70 cents per kilometre.

A Dodge Caravan driven the same amount would cost over $9300/yr or 78 cents/km. More info...

For American driving cost info, click here .