The Drive Clean Across Texas campaign encourages all Texans to sign up to win a brand-new Ford Escape Hybrid SUV. In light of sky-high gas prices, the benefit of owning a fuel-efficient hybrid is clear, plus driving a low-emission vehicle is one of the best steps drivers can take to reduce air pollution. 

Entering the online sweepstakes is easy at the campaign’s website at, where Texans can pledge to do their part to reduce air pollution. The deadline to enter for a chance to win the hybrid SUV is Sunday, Aug. 17.

Drive Clean Across Texas, the nation’s first statewide air quality public education campaign, encourages motorists to implement no-cost and low-cost changes in their driving and vehicle maintenance behaviors to reduce harmful vehicle emissions, which affect air quality. 

Keeping cars and trucks well maintained tops the list of their clean air suggestions. Campaign organizers at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality say that by regularly changing a vehicle’s oil, keeping tires properly inflated and replacing filters, motorists can reduce their vehicle’s tailpipe emissions and improve gas mileage by up to 5 percent, saving as much as 35 cents per gallon at today’s gas prices. A poorly maintained vehicle can release as much as 10 times the emissions of a well-maintained one. 

“Every driver can contribute to cleaning up the air in Texas,” says TxDOT’s Richard Goldsmith. “Simple changes to driving behaviors, like keeping tires properly inflated, driving the speed limit, and avoiding idling at drive-thru windows can make a big difference.”

Drive Clean Across Texas also recommends choosing a hybrid or low-emission car or truck when it’s time to purchase a new vehicle. Not only do these air-friendly vehicles save money on gas, they significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions.

At least one lucky driver will be able to heed this advice when the campaign hands over the keys to a new hybrid SUV later this month. To enter, drivers must have a Texas driver license and be at least 18 years old. To sign up for a chance to win a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and get more tips on how to “drive green,” motorists can visit the campaign’s website at