Be a nudgebreaker

May 29, 2012

A sensible, fuel-saving idea in stopped traffic

In stopped traffic, have you ever noticed that when one driver nudges ahead a meter or so, everyone behind usually does the same thing?  It seems we do that in any lineup, whether at the bank, grocery store or airport.

Does this ripple effect get anyone where they’re going any sooner?  Well, no.  But everyone does end up burning an extra shot of fuel – and producing an extra puff of greenhouse gas – each time they press the gas pedal to nudge forward.

So why not be the ‘nudgebreaker’ the next time you’re in stopped traffic, and resist the urge to edge forward?  You’ll save fuel for yourself and everyone in the line behind you – and you’ll be doing your planet a little favour.

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