Travel Reduction

Within Pinal County, the distance between work, home, a grocery store, or various recreational activities can be very significant. By maintaining your vehicle and combining trips you can reduce your mileage, lower your vehicle emissions and reduce regional air pollution all while saving money.


Drive Wisely

Sudden starts and stops, excessive speeds, extra weight in the trunk, unnecessary idling, long drive-through lines, and revving or warming up the engine waste fuel. Using cruise control on the highway helps maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save fuel.

Regular Maintenance

Routine car maintenance extends a car's life, increases its resale value, and improves gas mileage. Properly inflated and aligned tires, a tuned engine and regularly changed oil and air filters are a few simple steps that help ensure fuel efficiency.

Smart Refueling

Topping off the tank (PDF) creates harmful emissions and wastes money. Gasoline vapors are harmful to breathe, contribute to ground-level ozone formation and are a source of toxic air pollutants. Evaporation from spillage of gas from overfilling can occur, contributing to the air pollution problem.

Advanced Trip-Planning

Planning routes: avoiding peak traffic periods, combining errands, and eliminating backtracking will save gas, prevent vehicle wear and tear, and save time.

  1. Carpooling

Carpooling is when people share a ride in a vehicle together to a planned destination. Carpooling saves fuel and reduces air pollution and travel costs. This form of transportation is defined as having two or more people in the vehicle.


Carpools share commute expenses. There are two basic types of carpool arrangements:

  • The participants use one car owned by one driver. The driver calculates his or her operating costs for the daily commute, then divides them by the number of riders to determine how much each rider should contribute. The riders and driver agree to a periodic (daily, weekly, monthly) payment plan.
  • Alternatively, the participants can rotate car use and drivers so that each person's vehicle and time is shared equally. No money is exchanged in this arrangement.


  • Share a ride to work with someone that lives close to your home.
  • Trade-off providing rides to friends' and families' children while taking your own children to school or after-school activities.
  • If you cannot carpool every day to work, try carpooling just one day per week. It can still save miles on your car and keep some money in your pocket.


  1. Telecommuting
  1. Vanpools
  1. Walking or Biking