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The Green Driver ProjectThe Green Driver Project

The Green Driver Project targets high school driver education classes on the environmental impact of driving. The classroom presentation -- by a DHEC staff member -- centers on used oil recycling, air and water issues, energy conservation and litter prevention. To have a Green Driver Project presentation in your classroom, e-mail or call 1-800-768-7348.

In addition to the classroom presentation, a series of Green Driver Project fact sheets also are available. They include:

The Green Driver Project: Roads Scholar Poster is available as well . To request a printed copy, call 1-800-768-7348.

In addition to the high school effort, the booklet "Become a Green Rider" has been created specifically for younger students. Even before they drive, they can still protect the environment and become a Green Rider. To request printed copies for your classroom, e-mail or call 1-800-768-7348.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer (DIYer – an individual who changes oil in a personal vehicle), you must recycle that used motor oil. You also should recycle the used oil filter and motor oil bottles. More information on used motor oil and related products -- and how they can be recycled -- is available. 

Green Driver Tips

Vehicles are a major source of air pollution in the United States. When, where, how and why you drive all play an important role in protecting air quality. By taking actions to reduce the amount of fuel you use, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, lessen the nation's dependence on foreigh oil and save money. Here are some suggestionson how you can be a Green Driver. View the Green Driver Project: Roads Scholar Poster to learn more.

  • Don't idle. Idling burns about a half-mile worth of gasoline every minute.
  • Travel light. Remove unnecessary items from your truk to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. Check your tire pressure regularly. Underinflation increases tire wear, puts you at risk for an accident, reduces fuel efficiency by around 3 percent and increases greenhouse gas emissions.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

An alternative fuel vehicle is a vehicle that runs on alternative fuels. "Alternative fuels" are vehicle fuels that aren't made from petroleum. There are many kinds of fuels that vehicles can run on that aren't made from petroleum. Learn more at

The U. S. Department of Energy officially recognizes this list of alternative fuels:
  • Alcohols - ethanol and methanol.
  • Compressed natural gas (CNG) - natural gas under high pressure.
  • Electricity - stored in batteries.
  • Hydrogen - a very special type of gas.
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) - natural gas that is very, very cold.
  • Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (also called propane) - hydrocarbon gases under low pressure.
  • Liquids made from coal - gasoline and diesel fuel that doesn't come from petroleum.
  • Biodiesel - a lot like diesel fuel, but made from plant oil or animal fat.