You can help Allen County/Fort Wayne have cleaner air!
1. Avoid Idling Your Vehicle.
Avoid idling at drive-through windows or when picking up passengers. Plan unessential trips when traffic is less congested to reduce time spent idling in traffic. If you have to wait for more than 10 seconds, you can turn off your vehicle to save fuel and reduce the amount of harmful emissions released into the environment.
2. Fill Your Gas Tank and Mow After 7 PM.
Fill gas tanks carefully and after sundown to minimize vapors. Gas vapors released when sunlight is present and temperatures are high contribute to the formation of ozone. Gas powered lawn equipment contribute a significant amount of pollutants. By waiting to mow you can minimize the impacts of ozone formation. Also consider using environmentally friendly gas cans. The cans are spill proof and reduce gas vapors when filling tanks and while being stored.
3. Use Public Transit or Carpool.
Consider public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, working at home, electronic messaging, teleconferencing, etc. By using one or more of these methods you can greatly reduce the amount of emissions released into the environment.
> "Rack & Roll" by using your bike to extend Citilink service
> Learn more about joining a Carpool
4. Walk or Ride Your Bicycle.
Short trips can often be accomplished by walking or riding your bicycle during the ozone season. By choosing to walk or ride a bicycle you can help to reduce congestion that contributes to harmful emissions and save both money and energy. It is also a great way to exercise and enjoy nature. Most destinations are accessible by using a combination of public streets, sidewalks and trails. You may also choose to take a walk or go bike riding as a family activity rather than driving somewhere. This is a great way to spend quality time with your family and help the environment.
> Walk or Bike the Rivergreenway!
5. Maintain Your Vehicle's Proper Tire Pressure.
Vehicles with low tire pressure consume more fuel, release more harmful emissions and create unsafe driving conditions. Be sure to check your vehicles tire pressure regularly. The correct tire pressure can be found on the vehicle's placecard which is usually located on the body of the vehicle inside the driver's door or passenger door. If you are unable to find the vehicle's placecard, contact your local dealership.