The Texas Department of Transportation wants the community to part of the solution when it comes to cleaning up the air.
The state agency kicked off its “Drive Clean Texas” campaign. It encourages drivers to do their part to help maintain air quality. Corpus Christi is one of six Texas cities where TxDOT is asking drivers to reduce vehicle emissions.
“There are 3 areas in the state that do not meet federal clean air standards. Corpus Christi is one of 6 areas that is close to exceeding healthy levels of air pollutants. So we are close in the Coastal Bend not meeting federal clean air standards,” said Rick Dailey, TxDOT PIO.
You can reduce emissions by driving less, keeping your vehicle well-maintained, make sure tires are inflated to the recommended air pressure and don’t overfill your fuel tank because that allows harmful fumes to escape into the air.
Some people actually started efforts to help clean up the air by getting emissions checked on their vehicles, all for free.
The AutoCheck Program held an event at the Garcia Arts and Education Center. Program workers measured vehicle pollutants and informed drivers on how their cars are performing.
Another free emissions test event will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The university is a co-sponsor of the program along with the Port of Corpus Christi.