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It’s no secret my family goes on a lot of road trips. Some people think we are a bit crazy to travel far distances by car, especially with a toddler and a dog, but we love being on the road! In the past we have driven from Chicago to the Florida Keys, and from Chicago to Phoenix, so we know a bit about travel by road! Still, I am always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint while traveling. Being more mindful has been especially on my mind with Earth Day approaching. If you have a similar mindset, perhaps you might enjoy my tips for how how to make your road trips more eco-friendly! It’s easier than you might think! Also, be sure to let me know what tips you would add to make your travel a bit less more green.
5 tips to make your road trips more eco-friendly:
Keep reusable bag (or two) in the car to store recyclables until you see a recycling container. I have found that not every stop will have a recycling bin, so it’s always a good idea to bring a reusable tote. We also have a car organizer in the back where we can store things while traveling.
Carpool with family and friends when going on trips to together. Instead of more wasteful forms of travel, perhaps you can plan trips to destinations to which you can drive together, saving gas and money!
Plan your road trip times for off-peak traffic times to reduce gas usage. Keeping a steady speed makes your car more efficient.
Bring refillable water bottles vs. buying disposable plastic bottles at convenience stores. Same with coffee cups; many places will fill your own bottle. I also like to pack my own snacks in reusable containers, but if you must buy food on the road, try to buy local products as much as possible.
Use Mobil 1™ Annual Protection synthetic oil, which results in fewer oil changes, reduces oil consumption, and less waste oil. You can check which motor oil is right for your car using Walmart’s Oil Selector Tool. We like to get our oil changes at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center to save time and money before road trips. Mobil 1 ™ can reduce the carbon footprint of your vehicle by the CO2 equivalent of 96 pounds!**
**Estimates made based on CO2 equivalent emissions derived from Life Cycle Assessment of Mobil 1 vs. conventional motor oil. Assumes switching from a conventional motor oil of higher viscosity grade to Mobil 1 Annual Protection. Include Production, Use, Disposal, and Fuel Economy attributed to motor oil over its lifetime. Calculation based on average U.S. vehicle engine oil sump size, average MPG, average oil change interval and average annual driving distance. Assumes nominal fuel economy improvement when switching from a higher viscosity grade to lower viscosity grade. Assumes new vehicles under warranty follow OEM recommend oil change interval. Mobil 1 Annual Protection is guaranteed to protect for one full year or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. You may or may not obtain these benefits depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
If Mobil 1™ Annual Protection is not the best option for your car, there are plenty of other Mobil 1™ motor oil options to choose from, either through the Automotive Care Center or purchasing 5 quarts of motor oil to do the oil change yourself. Be sure to bring your motor oil back in for proper recycling, so you can also enter Mobil 1™’s exciting sweepstakes!
Right now until April 30, 2018, Mobil 1™ is giving Walmart customers a chance to win a Chevy Equinox, plus $10 off their next Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart!
Details on the Earth Day Drive Away Sweepstakes offer (exclusive to Walmart)
- You can enter for a chance to win a Chevy Equinox in two ways until April 30, 2018:
- By purchasing 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ in the store or a Mobil 1™ oil change at the Auto Care Center.
- By recycling any used oil at an Auto Care Center.
- As a bonus, shoppers who purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ synthetic oil or a Mobil 1™ synthetic oil change at the Auto Care Center are also eligible to receive a $10 Select Certificate valid on a future Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart.
- Once you have made a qualifying Mobil 1™ purchase or recycled any used oil at Walmart, you can enter to win the Chevy Equinox and/or receive their $10 Walmart Select Certificate at EarthDayDriveAway.com.
- Limit 2 entries in the sweepstakes per customer (1 for purchasing and 1 for recycling).
- Receipt required to receive $10 Walmart Select Certificate.
- Terms and conditions, FAQs, and other information can be found at EarthDayDriveAway.com.
Walmart Oil Selector Tool
Use the Oil Selector tool on Walmart.com to determine what type of oil you will need. DIYers can pick up their preferred Mobil 1™ product as well in the motor oil aisle in the store.