In just two minutes, Laura Turner Seydel offers simple ways you can adjust your daily transportation habits to have a positive impact on the planet.

Eco-awareness is a way of life for Laura.  As daughter of CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, she saw firsthand how ecologically devastated many areas of the world are. Now, as a national environmental activist and eco-living expert, Laura's mission is to educate families, youth and individuals alike about the opportunities and benefits of earth-friendly living.

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This year, I’ve made it a goal to green up my roadway activities.  Driving is something many of us do.  If you don't have a hybrid, electric car, or alternative fuel vehicle, you could still lessen the impact on the environment by following some simple tips. 

We all hate getting oil changes, tire rotations, and waiting through service appointments.  But keeping your car in good condition is mandatory for reducing your impact on the earth.  Something as simple as maintaining your recommended tire pressure can help provide the best gas mileage and prolong the life of your tires. 

Did you know that simple things like accelerating and decelerating gently can save hundreds of dollars in gas per year?  In fact, sensible driving can raise your gas mileage by up to 33% at highway speeds and up by 5% around town. 

Also, be sure to keep your air filter changed.  Decrease the amount of heavy items you carry around in your car.  And again, stick to the speed limit.  The heavier your foot, the more gas you burn. 

Another thing we can all do is try to drive less or carpool.  Many states offer incentives for carpooling.  You may be eligible for cash rewards or tax credits.  Be sure to hit the web to find out if you can take advantage of those programs. 

For more helpful driving tips, visit fueleconomy.gov

Most people in the market for a new car think that hybrids are out of their price range.  That might not be true.  Most automakers have certified pre-owned programs that allow you to get that coveted hybrid for a much lower price than if you were to buy it new. 

If you can't or don't want to buy a hybrid, try going smaller.  Compact cars consume less gas, which will save you money at the pump.  And if you live in a metropolitan area, you might even consider a scooter. 

I’m Laura Turner Seydel for Two Minutes for the Planet.

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