A flower on my gas pedal (Day 262)…

November 17, 2007

Of all the changes I’ve made so far, the one I have the least regrets about is selling my car. However, there are always occasions when four wheels are essential — like when I need to pick someone up from the airport or transport something huge and bulky back to my apartment — so in these cases, I most often rent a Zipcar.

Unfortunately, like most people, I have a few bad driving habits. I’ll try to dodge traffic by shooting up side streets and back alleys; I’ll pull out and around someone turning left instead of just waiting for them to go; I’ll fiddle with the radio and drink my coffee while consulting a map and trying to steer all at once; I’m not above giving someone the finger if they piss me off; and I almost always end up going over the speed limit.

OK, so that’s more than a few. Anyway, I’ve resolved to change my ways in the name of green whenever I rent a Zipcar because the last thing I need is to get into an accident and have them give me the boot. Also, especially when it comes to the speed, I’m going to make sure I stay light on the gas pedal and accelerate slowly, then coast towards a traffic light if I see that it’s red — this will use less fuel, which translates into cleaner air.

If you haven’t already seen this cute video, There’s a Flower in My Pedal, check it out here. It’s a very soothing stop-motion kind of work by a local filmmaker, and I think it nicely encapsulates my new approach to driving. From now on, at least metaphorically speaking, there’ll be a flower on my gas pedal, reminding me to take it easy and stop to smell the roses.