California DMV Adds a Few Words About Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Driver’s Handbook

The California Driver Handbook is, for better or worse, one of the main source of information drivers have about how to safely and legally drive a car in this state. At some point, the Department of Motor Vehicles added a short section to it on “green driving” to provide information about driving practices that help “maximize fuel efficiency.”

In it, the handbook advised practicing smooth acceleration, keeping up good maintenance, and avoiding carrying unnecessary weight. That was pretty much it.

Think Beyond the Pump, an advocacy group that has been working to educate the public on the connections between their personal fuel use and climate change, wrote a letter to the DMV last summer urging the department to consider adding more explicit language to the handbook.