By the Numbers:

How our driving habits affect the environment

How often do you get in your car, turn the key and pause to think about the impact your driving is going to have on the environment? Driving is a deeply engrained part of our lives and society, so it's easy to overlook the real impact that all that driving has on our planet. To give you an idea of how far our transportation habits reach, let's take a closer look at the relationship between driving and air pollution.

The chart below shows the sources of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. When generated, greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat within the Earth's atmosphere and may be responsible for recent changes in global climate and sea levels.

Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Chart
Based on EPA study

This chart illustrates the breakdown of vehicle carbon dioxide emissions. According to this study, driving accounts for almost three-fourths of the C02 emitted during a vehicle's lifespan. If you use Deals Magazine deals to shop locally, you can help reduce this chief source of vehicle emissions.

Life Cycle Assesment - Vehicle Carbon Emissions CO2 Chart

In general, cars emit less carbon dioxide and guzzle less gas than they did 50 years ago. However, people drive more miles per year than they ever did before. By stopping at stores and businesses along your route, you'll cut down on excess miles.

Cars Are Getting Cleaner, but People Are Driving More Chart

Also, the number of licensed drives, vehicle registrations, and resident population are increasing steadily, which means more cars and more air pollution. Help reduce your carbon footprint, and use Deals Magazine to find places within walking or biking distance.

Licensed Drivers, Vehicle Registrations, and Resident Population in the US (Millions) Chart