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Proper Green: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love NASCAR

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With a few easy driving tips, we can all cut down on fuel consumption.
Dear Proper Green,

As an environmentally conscious driver, I’m wondering — are motorsport vehicles, like NASCAR, under the same fuel regulation as passenger vehicles?

-Ben, Myrtle Beach, SC



Dear Ben,

The fuel restrictions on race cars aren’t government-mandated like they are for passenger vehicles1, but there is a, say, somewhat self-imposed fuel restriction in that the race car with the best gas mileage tends to win or at least be one of the best “finishers”.2 Since the entire NASCAR season is predicated on winning, it’s a pretty big motivator to get better fuel mileage, even if it’s in the single digits of miles per gallon. This all adds up when you consider that the average American drives 13,000 miles a year3, while a typical NASCAR driver averages 17,000 miles a year4 on the racetrack alone. Before we pick on NASCAR as an inefficient source of gas consumption, we should consider the green initiatives NASCAR has implemented5 in the past few years, such as converting to renewable fuel, planting up to 10 trees for every green flag, and even implementing solar panels on various raceways.

The auto racing industry as a whole isn’t exactly great for the environment, but as fans, we have an opportunity to make a positive impact. Next time you head to the track (or to any type of event, really), make an effort to reduce your own fuel consumption. Consider these tips from FuelEconomy.gov:

  • Observe the speed limit, as driving over 50 mph can quickly increase gas usage.
  • Use cruise control when driving on a highway to maintain a constant speed.
  • Removing excess weight to improve your MPG.
  • Avoid idling when possible — turn off your car when applicable, and try putting your car in neutral at a red light.

For more green driving tips, check out members’ tried-and-true suggestions in the comments of Proper Green: 3 Ways to Green Your Drive.

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Proper Green is Recyclebank's green advice column. From promoting good manners in a green world (because ideas about what constitutes proper behavior and... more