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How To's and Tips

For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.

Save Fuel

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Avoid hauling cargo on your roof rack. Transporting items on top of your car increases drag and uses more fuel.

Save Fuel

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Take advantage of your car's cruise control! This feature helps maintain a constant speed, which can reduce fuel consumption.

Recycle Scrap Tires

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Most states ban tires from being disposed of at landfills, but you can take scrap tires to shops or retailers that will reuse, recycle or retread them.

Share Resources

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Living in an urban or metropolitan region can make it easy to avoid owning a car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. By not driving, you can reduce your average carbon footprint.

Recycle Used Vehicles

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If your car is nearing the end of its life with you, you don’t have to send it to the junk yard—you can donate it! Many non-profits accept cars as donations and will repair or recycle the vehicle.

Save Fuel

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Rapid acceleration and frequent breaking increases fuel consumption, and can endanger yourself and others. Driving less aggressively lets you save fuel and keep safe.

How to Drive the Bay-Friendly Way

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Most of us can’t stop driving altogether. But there are lots of ways we can send less pollution into our air and water—and save a few extra gallons at the same time. (Read Article)

Drive Less

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When possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.

Reduce Emissions

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Avoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.

Recycle Used Motor Oil

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Properly dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze. Many gas stations and landfills have oil recycling programs.

Fix Car Leaks

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Fix car leaks so engine fluids like oil and antifreeze don't drip onto the ground and run off into local waterways.

Reduce Polluted Runoff

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Wash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.

Join a Carpool

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Carpool to work or school to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.

Reduce Polluted Runoff

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Instead of washing your car at home, bring it to a car wash! Commercial car washes clean and often recycle their wash water.

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