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Traffic Tips and Tools That Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Helps Gas Conscious Consumers with Simple Solutions


Chicago – July 2008 –, a NAVTEQ brand and a leading source of traffic solutions for consumers, provides free real-time tools to help commuters plan carefully for the road ahead, cutting driving time and gas bills. suggests the following gas-saving measures to help commuters conserve fuel and reduce their carbon footprint:

1. Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires reduce gas mileage by 3 percent*.
2. Lighten your load. Removing 100 lbs of unneeded weight improves mileage by 2 percent*.
3. Avoid sitting in traffic. Some newer models of navigation systems provide real-time traffic for the latest and most comprehensive traffic information available.
4. Update your GPS navigation maps. Taking the quickest route with the most up-to-date map information reduces time on the road.
5. goes with you for real-time traffic. Finding delays along your route will help you avoid gas-wasting, stop-and-go traffic anywhere or anytime:

• Visit, a Check Your Drive Time calculator for fastest drive times from point A to point B.
• Call 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232), a free automated voice hotline for speed dial access to roadway updates.
• Connect to, a free wireless Web site for mobile traffic hotspot reports.
• Text your CITY CODE (NY, CHIC, PHL, LA, etc.) to TRAFC (87232) to get instant traffic updates to the worst city area delays.
• Download Traffic.com2GOTM to bring accurate, real-time traffic reporting to your cell phone.

You can save gas by driving on highways instead of local streets, even if it is farther. According to the US EPA, the average difference between highway and city gas mileage is about 30 percent. Thus, 100 miles of steadily moving highway traffic should burn the same amount of gas as 70 miles of stop-and-go, city-type driving in the average car**.

Your fastest drive may also be your cheapest. At, you can enter a starting and ending address in the Check Your Drive Time calculator to compare the direct drive with the fastest drive taking into consideration current traffic conditions.

Your most efficient journey begins with a GPS navigation system tune up. Update your GPS navigation system maps coupled with real-time traffic information to attain optimal navigation system directions. Map updates for both in-vehicle and portable navigation devices are available at NAVTEQ’s website, while offers the latest Traffic information.

“Whether you’re planning a long summer road trip or heading somewhere new locally, make sure your route is accurate and efficient,” says Barry Glick, vice president, NAVTEQ. “With the rising costs of fuel, now is the perfect time for drivers to avoid traffic jams, find their fastest drive and purchase the latest map update for their navigation systems.”

*SOURCE: United States Department of Energy
**SOURCE: United States Environmental Protection Agency
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