By Mike Poulin, Justice Resource Manager

In our first posting on this site, Jason provides good questions to consider when shopping for a greener vehicle. But if you are like me and keep your cars for 150,000 miles (about 241401.6 km) or more, a newer used car might be years away. What do we do in the meantime to reduce our travel footprint? Combining trips can reduce fuel consumption and save time. 

Because it does not involve returning to our home or office after each stop, combining trips results in less distance being traveled. A car’s engine also works more efficiently when it is warm. Running several errands in succession takes advantage of a warm engine and increases gas mileage. This is especially true in places with chilly winter months. So, plan to avoid single stop outings. In future posts we will explore other green transportation options.