TxDOT Kicks off "Drive Clean Texas"

TxDOT Kicks off "Drive Clean Texas"

Efforts to help drivers save money and reduce emissions
Many people depend on cars for transportation, but vehicles also depend on people for maintenance.

"Today's cars have gotten a great deal more complicated than they use to be," said Robert Pittman of Pittman's Garage. "Lots more electrical, lots more cooling much smaller air conditioning system, but they have to do an exceptional job in the same temperature weather, so the cars under more stress than they ever were before."

He also adds that it's not only important, but also very smart to keep you car properly maintained because it can save you a lot of money.

"If you'll do the maintenance over a period of several years it will probably save you several hundred dollars in repair and possibly be broken down somewhere and not be able to go," he said.

Pittman says one of his customers is learning the hard way.

"This is the result of bad engine maintenance, this is a brand new motor and it will cost between five and six thousand dollars by the time it's done," Pittman said pointing to one of the car's they are working on that needed a new engine. "It probably could have been prevented for a six or seven hundred dollar repair."

In an effort to help drivers prevent these types of situations, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, kicked off their "Drive Clean Texas" campaign.

"Drive clean Texas initiative is an education campaign to help drivers learn how they can reduce vehicle emissions, how they can properly maintain their vehicle and also how they can save money at the gas pump," said Tx-Dot spokesperson, Mary Belle Turner.

TxDOT wants to help people by teaching them to drive smart.

One of the tips they have for drivers is to not take a rapid start or stop, they also have a web app available to help remind customers of when their scheduled maintenance is.

"We hope to get customers to take better cares of their cars and make the air we breath better," said Turner.

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