Faced with limitations to expanding our transportation infrastructure,
the Oregon Department of Transportation [ODOT], Metro, TriMet, City
of Vancouver and other public and private partners launched the Drive Less/Save
More Campaign in February 2006. This unique effort seeks to reduce single-person
car trips as part of a larger solution to regional traffic congestion.
If each household in the region eliminated two car trips per week, there
could be a four to five percent reduction in cars on the road. See
drivelesssavemore.org for more ideas.
Group your trips together to save time, money and headaches.
Trip chaining, or combining several errands into one trip, saves
time and money and increases peace of mind. There are lots of
ways to work trip chaining into your schedule. Here are some suggestions:
- Plan ahead: Take a moment to plan out your route and think about
what else you might need to get done.
- Make a list: Think about everything you need and get it all
done at once. That way, you won’t need to make a last-minute trip
to the store.
- Find the most efficient route: There are a number of Internet
sites that can help you plan the shortest, most efficient route.
GPS receivers can also help you plot the best route.
- Try making only right turns: United Parcel Service (UPS) experts
have determined that left turns tend to take more time and waste
more gas than right turns because drivers often have to wait for
traffic and/or the light to change.
- Avoid backtracking: Doubling back creates needless travel that
can be avoided by following a more efficient, pre-planned route
and using a list so you get everything you need.
- Combine errands:
Do you need to pick up your dry cleaning today? Why not pick it
up tomorrow when you go grocery shopping? Try combining errands
into just one trip.
- Use closer stores: Explore your neighborhood
shops. Try walking to lunch at the bistro down the street instead
of driving to one farther away.
- Group your appointments together:
If both of your kids need to go to the dentist, make it just one
- Consider one-stop shopping: Many stores and shopping centers
may offer you the opportunity to get all of your errands done
in just one stop.
- Count the time and money you save!
From the Drive Less, Save More campaign.