People sharing cars means fewer cars on the road. Fewer cars on the road means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less stress on our green spaces and infrastructure, and less traffic in our towns.
Researchers estimate that for every Kootenay Carshare Co-op car on the road, at least 5 private vehicles are removed. Since 2001, we taken approximately 95 vehicles off the road.
Members report using vehicle transportation less, combining trips and walking and biking more often. Transportation is a significant contributor to the production of greenhouse gasses, and being a part of a carshare is a positive solution that we can all take part in!
Carsharing is considered by the Sustainable Transport Council of Canada to be one of three important Green House Gas Reduction Initiatives in Canada. Carsharing can help us to meet our Kyoto goals.
What’s the impact? Lets’ do the math:
|Average km driven by a private vehicle per year||16,000 km|
|Reduction in km driven per Carshare vehicle||80,000 km|
|Reduction in km for the 20 Carshare vehicles currently in use||1,600,000 km|
|Amount of GHGs produced per km driven||0.0987 kg|
|Total reduction of GHGs for Kootenay Carshare’s fleet each year||157.9 Tons/Year|
Now that’s something to be proud of!
By driving smart and following the tips provided below, you can reduce your environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions. When you use less fuel, it means that we can keep our rates lower. Through smart driving, you will avoid accidents and prevent costly collisions. Thank you to the Victoria Carshare Co-op for collecting these green driving tips. This information was adapted from the Transportation Tune-up.
Before Your Trip
- Combine short trips: it pays to combine errands and get more things done on one trip. Pick one or two days a week for your errands- your Carshare bill will thank you too!
- Choose the right ride: one of the great things about carsharing is that you have access to many types of vehicles. Use a smaller car to run errands around town, the minivans when you’re transporting a crowd and the trucks when you need to haul a bigger load!
- Carpool and share your ride: use Kootenay Rideshare’s website to post your trip and find passengers to come along!
- Plan the route: take a moment to think about the tasks you want to accomplish and the best order to do them in. Use Google Maps to determine the most direct way to get to and from your destination.
- Drive when no one else does: plan your trip around traffic. If you avoid trips around rush hour, you’ll get to your destination quicker, safer, and more economically!
During Your Trip
- Leave promptly: don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go. Idling waste fuel and creates unnecessary pollution. See Idle Free BC for more information.
- Watch your speed: the faster you go, the greater the fuel consumption and the greater the pollution too. Vehicles operate at their most efficient between 55 km/ hour and 90 km/ hour. At 100 km / hour fuel efficiency goes downhill rapidly. By 120 km / hour tires and gas are used 20% faster. Obeying speed limits and signs significantly reduces your chances of a costly accident.
- Easy does it: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking. When you have to slow down or stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time and leaving the car in gear.
- Avoid jack-rabbiting: starting and stopping quickly uses way more gas and is harder on the engine, transmission, breaks and tires. Plus it only saves 2.5 minutes per hour when city driving.
- Idle less: turn off your engine if you are stopped for more than 60 seconds. Canadians waste 630 million litres of fuel each year through excessive idling.
- Cut down on the AC: air conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it’s a hot day it’s more economical to open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for highway driving.
- Turn if off: unnecessary electrical use increases fuel consumption, so turn off your cell phone charger, air conditioning, fan and headlights when you don’t need them.