Drive$mart Wisconsin

"Drive Less When You Can... Drive $mart When You Do."

Marie, Justin and I welcomed our members to our first D$W Meet of 2018 and our 51st D$W Meet overall since 2006. It was held on Saturday Feb. 24th from 9:30am to 2:00 pm at the Greenfield Public Library. 

We had 27 D$W members in attendance from all over SE Wisconsin and several from Northern Illinois that rolled in on a party cloudy day in the 30's. We had 2 Prius Prime's, a Nissan Leaf, numerous Prii, a Toyota Avalon hybrid, a Civic hybrid in additional to an assortment of other rides.

Our main segment was a panel discussion on Electric Vehicles and electric solar systems with members Ben Nelson, Teng Yang and Chris Allessi ll presenting on their current solar systems and its impact on their EV's. We also talked about our success with the 2017 MPS Drive training and what's coming in 2018 and also played catch up with members new vehicles and driving experiences.

This Meet was special since this will be the first Meet after the MPS Drive training and we several new members in attendance for their very first D$W Meet. If you have not attended a Meet recently this would be a great one to attend and meet our newest members and to share your expertise on driving $mart.

We'll had our cornucopia potluck lunch, fabulous door prizes and other information that gave you fuel for thought. We had great camaraderie, education, good food, spectacular prizes and mutual encouragement/support that has made D$W Meets famous for 12 years.


D$W just finished 2017 with a unique partnership with the Milwaukee Public Schools and Arcade Driving in presenting our "Tools For a Lifetime" training to over 100 local students and driver instructors. This is the very first time that fuel efficient training has been taught as a part of a public school drivers education program and we were asked by MPS/Arcade to set the curriculum and teach the training. The MPS Drive program will continue into 2018 and we hope that our training will also expand so the new drivers in the future will recognize that Fuel Efficiency is the Fuel of the Future.

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Our planet Earth is our home, and D$W has over 50 Meets and over 12 years we have tried to “Protect Our Home” by teaching thousands of drivers to Drive $marter.  As our country moves forward in a new direction, 2018 and years to come may put all of our D$W members and friends to their stiffest test in these initial 12 years of “Protecting Our Home”.

D$W has never been a political group, but rather a grassroots group of activists that passionately believe that one of the best ways to “Protect Our Home” is with our STEP Program of supporting, training, educating and promoting green transportation and teaching Driving $marter techniques. The rewards for this effort are when the drivers see the money they’re saving and the corresponding mitigation of the effects of climate change. 

We all have met the skeptics that believe that D$W techniques won’t work, but once behind the wheel and after hearing the stories and connecting with other D$W members they become believers. All this takes is patience, persistence, practice and the continuing encouragement of each member. So let 2018 be the year of re-committing your passion to D$W and help provide the evidence that green transportation and Driving $marter is not only important but also critical to our efforts in “Protecting Our Home”.

 
As you can see above, Drive$mart Wisconsin members are just average drivers like you that have made a commitment to change their lives by changing their driving habits. By adapting their habits they will save money on fuel and maintenance costs, become safer drivers and become part of the solution to our state and this countries sustainable transportation concerns.

We All Learned to Drive When Gas was Cheap...

Well, gas is not cheap anymore and yet we drive with the same skills we learned when it was. The world has changed and yet we drive as if it hasn't.

So thanks for your interest in safe, fuel efficient driving and alternative fuel technology.  Our 1,700 members are dedicated to promoting, teaching, and sharing safe and fuel efficient driving strategies that can be done with any vehicle, large or small, old or new, hybrid or not.  


We emphasize the Hu factor in everything we do because any vehicle is only as safe or efficient as its driver...the Hu factor. Why wait for the world and others to change when you hold your own future in your hands on your steering wheel right now!

At D$W, our purpose is to educate and train any driver to become safer and more fuel efficient with their current vehicle.  Through our STEP program to SUPPORT, TRAIN, EDUCATE, and PROMOTE; we can increase safety, lower fuel maintenance costs, reduce oil dependency and lower tailpipe emissions.  

We advocate our changing our current driving habits through; 
  • Personal Responsibility vs. Complacency
  • Doing Something vs. Good Intentions
  • Commitment vs. Wishful Thinking
D$W is a not-for-profit organization that charges its members no fees or dues and requires only the desire to learn how to become a safer, more efficient driver.


             JOIN us and learn how to use the fuel of the 21st Century...."FUEL EFFICIENCY", because


"Drive$mart Wisconsin is not a Destination, but a Journey."
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