Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 26, 1977 · Page 73
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 73

Greeley, Colorado
Issue Date:
Thursday, May 26, 1977
Page 73
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Tilling Muv 26, 1977 CREELEY (Colu.| TB1BUNE A-1'J Neglect wastes I gasoline Today's motorist has obligations that go beyond the mere driving of his automobile, said Frank V. Rogers, chairman of the Automotive Information Council. "I don't mean to minimize the importance of safe and sensible driving," the trade association executive declared, "but owners also have to be concerned about such critical subjects as energy, the environment and safety. At no time in automotive history have the responsibilities of the motorist been so great." Rogers noted that it wasn't until a couple of years ago that there was a need to worry about the availability of gasoline. He said that ecology was a word few people knew existed a decade ago. There are now laws that penalize a driver who wastes gasoline and only a few areas have inspection stations that measure tailpipe emissions. But, Rogers warned: "The motorist who wastes gasoline because he neglected to maintain his car properly is only kidding himself. Hours of waiting in long lines at service stations in many of our major cities is still very fresh in our minds. Ithas only been a couple of years since weekend travel was sharply curtailed because gasoline-was in short supply during the heaviest travel days of the summertime weeks. "We ran short on gas before and it can happen again. For energy, we need to think 'conservation'." While the industry has eliminated more than 80 per cent of hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions in the 1977 passenger cars, the equipment that does the job has to be kept in proper working order. Rogers credited the manufacturers with producing a system that requires a minimum of operator maintenance, and cited the service industry as performing a tremendous task in keeping the more than 130 million vehicles in this country on the go. "What we are really asking of the motorist is to keep his car properly tuned and periodically checked or inspected," Rogers added. In the long run, each owner not only is helping other drivers but helping himself. He is going to get more miles to the gallon and he is going to breathe cleaner air." Rogers, who also is president of the A.P.S. Inc., an international parts distribution company based . in Houston, Texas, said that maintenance of safety related equipment has been important since the dawn of the automotive age. "Certainly, we have accomplished a great deal in the last 10 years toward our goal of motoring," he said. safer THE SIGN of Quality Sales and Service CHEVROLET SHOP 1 AND SAVE ON ALL EDWARDS CHEVROLET 72110th Street 352-7140

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