To register an existing carpool, volunteer to start a new carpool, or sign up to be matched with carpools in the area contact OTO at (417) 831-RIDE (7433) or register online through the City of Springfield. The OTO Rideshare Program serves the counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster, and Wright.
10 Simple Steps
- Trip chain more often. It’s easy! Chances are, you’re already doing it — combining your errands into one trip. It helps you get things done and it helps reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. When you first start a car after it’s been sitting for more than an hour, it pollutes up to five times more than when the engine’s warm.
- Take mass transit, share a ride, or car pool. Even if you do it just once or twice a week, you’ll reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and save money. The average driver spends about 56 cents per mile including ownership and maintenance.
- Have fun! Ride your bike. It’s a great way to travel and it can help you and the air get into condition. Vehicles on the road create more than 25% of all air pollution nationwide.
- Take things in stride. Walk or in-line skate instead of driving. They’re easy ways to get exercise and they’re easy on the air.
- Care for your car. Regular maintenance and tune-ups, changing the oil, and checking tire inflation can improve gas mileage, extend your car’s life, and increase its resale value. It can also reduce traffic congestion due to preventable breakdowns and it could reduce your car’s emissions by more than half.
- Get fuel when it’s cool. Refueling during cooler periods of the day or in the evening can prevent gas fumes from heating up and creating ozone. And that can help reduce ozone alert days.
- Don’t top off the tank. It releases gas fumes into the air, which cancels the benefits of the pump’s anti-pollution devices. So, stopping short of a full tank keeps gas off of you, is safer, and reduces pollution.
- Telecommute. Work at home sometimes. You’ll save time and money, and reduce emissions and traffic congestion.
- Reduce idling. Turn of your car and go into stores, fast food restaraunts, etc, instead of spending time idling in the drive-through.
- Spread the word. If everyone took just a few of these simple, easy steps, it could make a big difference because it all adds up to clean air.