Smog & Emission Checks in NebraskaPage Overview
Although smog might look like harmless fog, it's actually dangerous air pollution. Consisting primarily of pollutants caused by the burning of gasoline and other petroleum-based fuels, it can cause symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. Children, the elderly, and people with asthma or other respiratory disorders are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of smog.
Because smog is a problem typically associated with large urban areas, Nebraska does not have any official policy for vehicle testing. However, it's still important for residents to do their part to protect the environment.
Even though there are no formal guidelines for Nebraska smog and emissions checks, you are encouraged to minimize air pollution by consolidating errands into one trip, carpooling, or taking public transportation whenever possible.
If you must be on the road, you can do your part by practicing good driving habits. For example, research has shown that the following activities can reduce smog and harmful vehicle emissions:
- Driving at the posted speed limit
- Accelerating gradually
- Using cruise control for highway trips
- Replacing your vehicle's air filter on a regular basis
- Keeping your tires properly inflated
- Turning your engine off instead of allowing your vehicle to idle for long periods of time
If you're in the market for a new set of wheels, the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles recommends that you purchase the most efficient model with the lowest possible amount of harmful emissions. In addition to reducing air pollution, these vehicles will also save you money by minimizing your fuel expenses.
If you need assistance selecting an environmentally friendly vehicle, you can check out the EPA's information page for more information.Local Smog Check Stations
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