AUSTIN -- Planning a summer roadtrip with the family? You could benefit from gas-saving tips from a new campaign launched by the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, all while helping the environment. You might even win a free car.
It's all a part of TxDOT and the TCEQ's new campaign, Drive Clean Across Texas.
"Harmful, ground-level ozone is formed when chemicals found in vehicle exhaust and other sources combine with sunlight and heat,” said Margo Richards, TxDOT Travel Information Division director. “The good news is that all drivers can make a difference in our air quality. Simple steps such as checking your tire pressure and getting your car tuned up on schedule can reduce tailpipe emissions, improve fuel economy and save drivers money at the pump.”
According to TxDOT, something as simple as maintaining the correct pressure in your tires can help keep the air clean and save about $85 a year in gas. Driving a car in need of maintenance can add $120 to annual gas spending.