In Ontario, cars, trucks and buses are major sources of smog pollution, especially in densely populated urban areas. These smog causing pollutants include nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and fine particulate matter. On-road transportation sources contribute as much as 40% of Ontario's oxides of nitrogen emissions. Improvements in the design of vehicle exhaust systems have reduced pollution from individual vehicles. However, total emissions are expected to increase because of the growing number of vehicles on the road. Poorly maintained vehicles also contribute to pollution.
When fully implemented, Ontario's Drive Clean program will cut smog-causing pollutants from vehicle sources by up to 22 per cent in the program area.
Ontario's Drive Clean program is concerned with helping us make smart choices about the way we maintain and drive our vehicles. Driving clean can save you up to 10 per cent in annual fuel consumption and prolong the life of your vehicle. But more importantly, you will be doing the right thing for the air we breathe.
A goal of Ontario's Smog Plan is to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 45 per cent from 1990 levels by the year 2015. Reductions of between 190,000 and 215,000 tonnes of NOx and 190,000 and 216,000 tonnes of VOCs have been identified in work group reports and partner plans and commitments. For NOx, this represents emission reductions of 29 to 32 per cent of 1990 baseline levels; for VOCs, 21 to 24 per cent of 1990 baseline levels.
Since 1964 The Mufflerman has been your exhaust specialist, that qualifies us to be your emissions test specialist for the "Ontario Drive Clean" program. Call us today to schedule your emissions test.
For more information regarding Ontario's Drive Clean Program, please visit the official web site at
Drive Clean Tips
We all can play a part to help combat smog. Since one of the major causes of smog is emissions from vehicles, you can do your part by ensuring you're driving clean. Read on for helpful hints on driving clean.
- Is your vehicle in-tune? A poorly tuned engine can consume an average of 10 per cent more fuel.
- One equals 20. One poorly tuned vehicle can emit pollutants equivalent to 20 properly tuned cars.
- Don't let your engine idle. Excessive idling pollutes. Turn off the engine whenever you can.
- Under-inflated tires put pressure on fuel. Properly inflated tires improve fuel performance.
- 90 is optimum. The best fuel economy for most vehicles is around 90 km/h.
- Light is right. The heavier the car, the more fuel it burns. Avoid unnecessary weight.
- Plan your trips. Save money by planning activities and combining errands to reduce the number of times you start your vehicle.
- Share the ride. Carpooling or ride-sharing reduces the number of vehicles on the road.
- Be aerodynamic. Reducing wind resistance on the highway cuts fuel consumption. Try rolling up the windows and opening the vents.
Driving clean is a smart and economical choice. Making smart choices about how we drive our vehicles, especially during periods of high smog levels, can make a big difference to the air we breathe. Please share this information with your friends and neighbours.
The Mufflerman would be pleased to help you prepare your vehicle for your Ontario Drive Clean test.