No one can dispute that our country's dependency on oil is increasing day by day. The U.S. Department of Energy says more than 70 percent of all oil consumed in this country is used for transportation purposes [source: The Tribune-Democrat]. With this many cars on the road, it's a no-brainer to think about selecting an alternative vehicle. Driving one does make a big difference. You can't imagine giving up your car because it has become a source of reliability, convenience and independence. With a hybrid, you don't have to.
Reducing our dependency on both foreign and domestic oil is a key factor to the sustainability of the planet we call home. Oil can't be reproduced, so once it's gone, it's gone. That's why it's a necessity -- and not a choice -- to reduce our consumption. One way to cut back on our oil dependency is to cut back on our demand for it. And one of the big ways to cut back on the demand for oil is to drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle. By driving a hybrid, you are making a substantial impact in reducing the number of trips you make to the gas station. An average Honda Civic Hybrid driver uses 344 gallons (1,302 liters) of gas a year, while an average conventional Honda Civic driver uses nearly 500 gallons (1,892 liters) [source: U.S. Dept of Energy]. One more person using less oil? Yes, you're making a difference.