The Environmental Cost of Cuba’s Vintage Cars

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Online, news
1950s Buick

1950s Buick

As news of Cuba’s borders opening continues to dominate the news cycle in the U.S., so too has Cuba’s vibrant culture. With airlines scheduling flights from the U.S. to Cuba starting this fall, many American’s will get the chance to visit a country that was closed off for much of their lives, while others can venture home for the first time since leaving Cuba. As such, part of Cuba’s charm and culture is the brightly colored vintage cars that line the streets in Havana. Tourist can take a ride in these taxis along the coast that, for the most part, all have their vintage parts intact.

However, a NBC News report looked into the the environmental hazards these pre-1960 American vintage cars and their diesel exhaust they produce. Simply put, these fumes are polluting the city. Thanks to economic reforms in the 90’s and 00’s, now it’s easier and more affordable for Cubans to buy diesel engines to better power their vintage cars and put them back on the streets, which is adding to the pollution crisis.

The article explains, “Unfortunately, the combination of low-grade diesel and older engines with no emissions control is causing a major environmental problem for the city. You can see the black clouds of diesel exhaust discharging behind every old car. With the economy picking up, there are more and more cars on the road. The stink of burnt diesel is everywhere. And since most homes and restaurants don’t have air conditioning, there is no way to escape the fumes.”

You can read more about it here.

For more news, as well as fun facts, defensive driving courses, competitions, and other cool stuff, follow DefensiveDriving.com on Facebook and Pinterest.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 95453 ratings and reviews.

Cesar
Easy and simple to use.
Roope
Quick, fast and easy!
Diana United States
The course was very helpful and easy to follow. I highly recommended for anyone
Adrian United States
Easy and fast
Allison United States
Easy, simple course!
Brynwyn
Quick and easy!
Kimberly
Straight to the point, easy to navigate site.
Norma United States
The course will be quick and convenient to take from home.
Christina TX, United States
I would recommend you all to everyone over all the other course sites. There are no hidden fees, easy to navigate and same day certificate and driving record. Fantastic!!! Thank you!!
Barbara
Fast and easy
Travis TX, United States
It was quick and easy
James TX, United States
Very simple and easy to follow.
Thomas
So easy to use!
Alexandra
Easy to sign up!
Raylan
Fast & Easy
Jason
Quick and easy.
Ronda United States
Clearly the system is set up for dismissing a ticket not so much for insurance discount. I had to call customer service and have them walk me through the process.
Alejandro
Quick and easy
Mohammed TX, United States
Learned so much, very easy and simple way to become better driver
Michael
Website is easy to navigate
Ricardo
Everything is smooth and efficient
Shanna
Its easy to use!
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course