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5 Tired Excuses for Waiting to Buy a Hybrid Car

I Don't Want to Be Pressured Into Going Green in Every Part of My Life
Driving a hybrid can be a lucky combination of saving on fuel and money while helping the planet.
Driving a hybrid can be a lucky combination of saving on fuel and money while helping the planet.
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We all know that everyone is talking about "going green" these days. This catchphrase is craftily woven into practically every subject matter from politics to religion to pop culture. In fact, finding ways to be good stewards of planet Earth is the new attitude to adopt-- no matter what part of the continent you live in. However, you can join the movement slowly. You don't have to feel pressured into jumping into the deep end with both feet. Driving a hybrid car is one little step that can make a big difference.

So, if you're waiting for an engraved invitation to take a ride on the green train, here it is: Buy a hybrid. The hybrid car is just one way you can do your part to combat the greenhouse effect. Hybrid cars are the signature crown jewels of the green movement because they produce less emission than traditional gasoline-powered cars, which in turn means less pollution in the air we all breathe. They also save drivers money on gas because they get more miles to the gallon [source: Consumer Reports]. For example, when you drive down to your local Toyota dealer, you'll find that a 2010 Toyota Camry 4-cylinder hybrid gets 34 miles (54 kilometers) to the gallon while the 4-cylinder conventional Camry that's sitting right next to it, gets 26 miles (41 kilometers) to the gallon. [source: U.S. Dept. of Energy]. Owning a hybrid car is one of the more demonstrative ways to show you care about your surroundings. People see you driving around in one, and they know you are making a small, but critical contribution towards preserving the environment.

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