It happens each year. You drive your normal commute route and find the traffic is slightly lighter than normal and the sun is shining. And then you realize, it’s that time of year – The Summer Commute. (Of course, this does NOT apply to the commuters who live by the NJ shore)
Along with the summer commute comes the summer heat. Play it cool and smart this year and be in the know of how to deal with the summer heat. Aside from keeping hydrated, think about your daily commute and activities. Here are six ways you can prepare.
1. “Trip Link” by doing all errands at one time, you avoid unnecessary cold starts. An engine that’s been sitting for an hour or more pollutes five TIMES as much as a warm one.
2. Refuel at the end of the day. Ozone levels are usually at their highest in the mid-to late afternoon and pumping gas emits tons of VOC’s into the air a day. So save your pumping until evening.
3. Don’t “top off” your fuel tank This is never a good idea, no matter what time of day, because it causes fumes to escape.
4. Postpone mowing the lawn until late in the day or use an electric mower instead.
5. Grill outdoors in the late afternoon and avoid using charcoal lighter fluid (Try using a fire-starter chimney.), or use an electric or propane grill.
6. Reschedule strenuous outdoor activates. Avoid exercising, gardening or spending time outside during prime hours of 11am to 5pm when the temperatures are at their peak. Try conducting your outdoor activies before activities or after 6pm.