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TxDOT launches 'Drive Clean Texas' campaign

In honor of Earth day, the Texas Department of Transportation kicked off their ‘Drive Clean Texas’ campaign. (ABC 7 Amarillo)

In honor of Earth day, the Texas Department of Transportation kicked off their ‘Drive Clean Texas’ campaign.

According to TxDOT, many cities are either exceeding or close to exceeding federal air quality standards because pollutant levels in the air are too high.

These statistics are the driving force behind ‘Drive Clean Texas.’ TxDOT is hoping drivers will do their part to help improve and protect the air quality in the state by reducing harmful vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution.

Emissions from cars and trucks make-up half of all air pollution in some areas of the state.

Texas has more than 20-million licensed vehicles. With its campaign, TxDOT is reminding drivers that improperly maintained vehicles spew pollutants and waste money. Simple vehicle upkeep and changes in driving habits can add up to savings and improved air quality in Texas.

Here are some driving and maintenance recommendations from TxDOT:

1. Check your tire pressure once a month.

2. Don’t accelerate or break too quickly. It increased the emissions and lowers gas mileage by 33-percent at highway speeds.

3. Get your gas in the late afternoon or evening. High temperatures cook gas fumes, turning them into ground-level ozone which is bad for the air.

4. Tighten your vehicles gas cap all the way.

5. Keep it light. Heavy items weigh you down. An extra 100-pounds can reduce fuel economy by up to 2-percent.

Visit the official TxDOT website for a full list of driving and vehicle maintenance recommendations.

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