Sometimes you have no choice but to drive, even though you know it causes greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this there are certain simple steps you can take to reduce your impact on climate change.
Turn your engine off if waiting in traffic
If you’re stationary in your car for more than a minute or so it’s better to just turn off your engine to reduce your climate change impact.
Drive more slowly and smoothly
If you drive more smoothly, instead of accelerating and braking sharply, you significantly reduce your impact on climate change. Reducing your speed from 70mph to 50mph produces 25% less carbon dioxide emissions.
Share car journeys with friends and colleagues
Sharing car journeys reduces the number of cars on the road but nearly 40% of car journeys only have one occupant in the car. Check out Liftshare.org to find travel companies and share travel costs.
Avoid the school run
The large amount of parents driving the kids to school leads to a huge increase in traffic on our roads and contributes directly to climate change. Try and avoid doing the school run or sharing lifts if possible.
Don’t drive with unnecessary weight on board
The more weight you’re carrying in the car, the more fuel is used per mile and the greater the carbon emissions per journey. Only keep things you really need in the car, especially if they’re heavy.
Remove your roofbox if you’re not using it
Roof boxes and racks add to the air resistance of your car and reduce its fuel efficiency, leading to more carbon dioxide emissions per km. Take roof boxes off when you’re not using them.
Ensure your tyres are properly inflated
If your tyres are not fully inflated your car is less fuel efficient and emits more carbon dioxide per km. Check your tyre pressure regularly, especially before long journeys.
Get your car serviced regularly
Regularly servicing your car ensures that it runs as efficiently as possible, thus maximising its performance and fuel efficiency and minimising emissions.