Green Flight Recorder

Here’s another interesting idea.  Telemetry device to track how you drive.

Not sure I’d trust my insurance company with this… can imagine they’d want the info for other reasons.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/16285/more-than-green-wheels-gadget

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Ford gives green driving advice

I especially like the ‘Relax’ advice.

I can imagine two hands sticking out of the top of my seat, rubbing my shoulders as a drive.

good general advice though…. :)

http://www.product-reviews.net/2008/07/20/elevated-gas-prices-ford-helps-you-save-money-on-fuel/

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Great ‘green driving’ advice

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Your mommy is always riding with you

I found this interesting.

http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Nissan_Unveils_The_Pusk_Back_Fuel_Efficient_Pedal_Mechanism_21541.htmla little mechanism to push back when you are accelerating too much.

kinda like having your mum in the car, reminding you to drive greenly.  no, actually more than that… mum is sitting in your passenger seat, and slips her foot under your gas pedal every time she thinks you are going to fast…

Now THAT will get you to behave…

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Do I have to buy a Prius?

This was one of the early posts that made an impact on me and a key premise behind my ‘drive greenly’ thoughts.

http://motherskitchen.blogspot.com/2008/08/going-green-spending-green.html

Living in northern California, we see a lot of Prius cars. (neighbors across the street have two…)

There was a law a while back that allowed Prius owners to drive in the commuter lane, even with only one person in the car. This really encouraged people to buy Priuses…. anything to get into the ‘fast lane’ and avoid the slow as molasses traffic.
So I think you got a lot of people buying a Prius for only that purpose, or mainly that purpose, and not necessarily to ‘be green’ or ‘save gas’ or anything.

Anyway, I digress…. not having the money for a Prius and also wanting a larger car for other reasons, this post struck me that I didn’t have to own a Prius to ‘do something’ about the environment.

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Why the blog?

This blog has been a LONG time coming.  Embarrassingly, I had the idea for this a year ago.

I had read an article about how your driving habits affect your gas milage, and had decided to try to slow down and conserve energy.

I was driving down I-280 (i live in the Bay Area), driving roughly the speed limit of 65mph.  It was a fairly relaxing experience to be driving the speed limit.  However, I only got to enjoy the serenity for a few miles.  Somebody was driving *immediately* behind me.  After tailgating me for a while, the driver angrily drove around me.  This was repeated a couple more times, so i moved from the second-most right lane to the far right lane.  Still, people were angry that I wasn’t driving faster.

‘Driving greenly’ was an unnerving experience… people honking, passing angrily.  I would understand if I was in the far left lane, but i was driving to the right, just trying to drive the speed limit or slightly under.  I started collecting articles, posts, etc. on driving greenly.  My intent was to encourage people to drive greenly and save energy.  Life and many other excuses got in the way over the last year.

No more excuses!  I’m going to share my insights and the material i’ve collected.  I hope this effort encourages even just a few people to change their driving habits.

jane green

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