Driving and the Environment...
It's a fact that Road Transport is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.
Although car usage plays a major part in this, we can all take steps (literally, sometimes!) to reduce our personal contributions to global warming. This may help with your fitness and will probably save you money too.
So here are some things to consider that could help:
- Reduce your car use. Is your trip really necessary?
- Make sure your car is well serviced and that tyres are in good condition and at the right pressure.
- Consider walking instead of driving to the shops if they are nearby.
- Consider joining a Car Sharing Club. There is a well established one in Hebden Bridge.
- Walk with your children to school. Is there a 'Walking Bus' scheme?
- If possible choose a car with lower emissions.
- Avoid busy times when roads are more congested.
- Share journeys with others.
- Use public transport or cycle for some journeys.
- Some employers encourage working from home, or offer flexi-time. Some encourage and even fund cycle use through free bike schemes.
You could also think about the way you drive:
- Avoid harsh acceleration and braking. Drive smoothly.
- Look well ahead to anticipate other road users' actions and changes of speed.
- Use gears well. A higher gear generally uses less fuel, but do not allow the car to labour.
- Take a lesson on EcoSafe Driving. I can help you with this.
You could also think of other ways to cut greenhouse gases to offset your car usage:
- Turn off lights at home when not needed.
- Turn down central heating and hot water temperature at home or at work by 1 or 2 degrees.
- Consider better home insulation where possible.
- Try putting on warmer clothes before using heating at home.
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