… We need seven seat belts when Uncle Albert and Aunt Polly visit…
… I’m driving off-road sometime next year…
… I live in (insert your county name) County, and you know how our winters are…
… I want lots of steel and weight protecting my children…
… I surf occasionally, and need an SUV to drive on the sand…
We’ve heard – and thought – most of those excuses, and more. Occasionally, it dawns on us how silly most of them are. People have driven for a century in my county with rear-wheel drive vehicles, let alone modern front-wheel-drive cars; your kids already know that the best thing you can do for their safety is to stop polluting the planet; annual visits from family can be handled by a second car, or a rental van; “off-road” is mostly a marketing illusion, and normal cars do just fine in most cases. Here at Good Hand Farm, all we’ve got is off-road, and our cars do just fine.
|Prius/54 mpg, Jetta/48 mpg for road ; Dodge truck for on-farm work|
Yesterday, another excuse went by the wayside. “I-need-a-big-car-to-pick-up-my-college-student.” I took the Prius (54.5 mpg actual results) to Columbia Medical in NYC, where Nathan and I loaded it with a year’s dorm-room contents. Here’s what we schlepped:
|Nathan Elwood, Prius, and dorm-room contents|
· Small fridge
· Microwave oven
· Small chest of drawers
· Bedside table/chest
· Floor lamp
· Folding shelf unit
· Bedding and linen sets
· Complete clothing wardrobe
· Wall art (4 pieces)
· Wall mirror
· Ironing board
· 2 boxes of books
· Kitchen pots/pans/cooking utensils…
· … and more
Granted, we left mom, the other siblings and the dog at home, but we did it. And here’s what’s at stake:
The EPA estimates that the average American car generates 5.5 metric tons (or 12,100 lbs.) of CO2 per year (click here for detailed info). Over a four year college career, that’s better than 20 tons of CO2! If you have an SUV, you’re probably emitting more than that – maybe 30 tons. If you drive an efficient car, like our Prius or Jetta Diesel (48 mpg actual results), you’re doing much better – maybe 10 tons.
You can spare your children and grandkids the effects of 20 tons of CO2 during one college career, even if it means you need to adjust when Aunt Molly shows up.
Something – indeed, many things – need to change. But we can do this!
Thanks for reading, and may God bless you.