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Smart Driving

Every driver can be a smart driver.

Smart driving — sometimes called ‘Eco-Driving’—involves easy-to-implement tactics that any driver can do to save gas and reduce emissions.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Choose the least congested route to avoid idling in traffic.
  • Slow down — Reducing your freeway speed from 75 mph to 65 mph can improve gas mileage by 15 percent, while reducing polluting emissions.
  • Smooth and steady — Follow the speed limit and reduce aggressive driving to boost mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on streets.
  • Anticipate – Adapt your speed to what is happening ahead.
  • Tune it up — Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for regular oil changes, service and maintenance; regularly check filters.
  • Lighten the load — Clean out your car and the trunk. Your fuel economy will improve 2 percent for every 100 pounds you remove.
  • Pump ’em up — Check your tire pressure monthly and increase fuel economy 2 percent to 3 percent by keeping tires inflated to the recommended pressure.


In February 2016, MTC launched Drive Smart Bay Area, a campaign to inform drivers about how to improve their driving habits and vehicle performance — and reduce emissions. Read the press release