Tuesday 21 May 2024

How to reduce your carbon footprint on the road

MP’s are now calling for a ban on the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by the year 2032 in order to meet emissions targets. By phasing out these cars from public use, we are guaranteed cleaner air and a better quality of life because of it.

And that is an incentive for all of us to welcome these changes, even if means we have to give up our beloved motors in favour of something more eco-friendly. Nevertheless, before new rules are enforced, we can still do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint on the road today.

Spend less time in our motor vehicles

If you are only travelling short distances, you might ditch your cars or motorbikes entirely and use an alternative. You could walk or cycle, and that will both cut down your carbon emissions and benefit your health through exercise.

When thinking about your daily commute, you might carpool with colleagues, as that will at least cut down on one car on the roads. Alternatively, you could consider public transport, which may be cheaper than using your regular vehicles anyway.

And in terms of saving money, selling your car online, on sites such as We Buy Any Car, or your motorbike on We Want Your Motorbike, you can make money and save money, particularly if you’re not reliant on a motor vehicle to get around. Think of the money you will save on fuel and tax, and think of the contribution you will be making to the environment when you use alternatives to get to where you need to be.

Replace your vehicle now

By opting for a low carbon vehicle ahead of time, you will be future proofing your time on the roads and saving the environment. According to Autoexpress, these are the best low emission green cars available today.

Whether you go for a hybrid or electric vehicle, you will reduce your emissions, benefit from lower tax rates, and save money on your running costs. It’s worth noting, however, that the government is also advocating a ban on hybrid vehicles, so you might consider an electric car as your best option.

The UK still needs to increase the number of electric charging points to meet up with demand, although you can still set up a charging point at home.

Remember that your driving style also affects carbon emissions

This is another reason why you should focus on safer driving. Accelerating and braking too quickly, and going over the speed limit, are guaranteed ways to burn more fuel, cause an accident, and increase your carbon footprint.

Do the right thing, therefore, and practice safe and sensible driving, no matter what kind of vehicle you are in control of.

We are living in a time when we need to be greener with our thinking. The world is in poor shape, and that’s partly because of the harmful gases our vehicles let into the air. Consider reducing your carbon footprint on the road, and start to implement changes. That could be by driving in a more sensible way, replacing your vehicle, or spending less time on the roads when possible.

** This is a collaborative post

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