Using The Car
Around 40% of CO2 emissions in the UK are caused by things we do as individuals. Across these activities, personal car travel is the single biggest contributor to personal CO2 emissions.
In a rural area such as North Kesteven, many of us rely on our cars to get about on a day-to-day basis but did you know that a quarter of all journeys made by cae in the UK are less than 2 miles. If we use all of the different forms of transport available, like walking, cycling and public transport it would help reduce emissions as well as improve our health. Use the CO2 emissions calculator tool to see the impact different types of transport will have on the environment for your journey. Find the link to the calculator under the websites tab above.
Nationally the Act on CO2 campaign has launched ‘drive 5 miles less a week’. Together if we all do this we could collectively save around 2.70 million tonnes of CO2 per year in the UK
- Could you share with anyone for some of your journeys?
- Take 2 minutes to plan out your car journey so you take the shortest and most efficient route.
- Plan ahead for the day and week so you can group activities to make less journeys
- Think of whether you could use any other form of transport.
- Look at the fuel tips list from the AA on ways to cut your fuel bill and your CO2 emissions.
- Use the Directgov guide to buying a new greener car.
- Are you make the most of the different transport options available? If you live in North Kesteven and are aged 60 or over or have an eligible disability you can get a free buss pass for journeys in Lincolnshire and across England. Make sure you have got your pass and take a seat on a bus or train instead of the car at no cost to you!
Did you know? If all commuters left the car at home one day a week for the next year, we would save enough miles to travel to the moon and back 35,000 times
Top Tips for Eco Driving
- Drive smoothly and at a lower speed to reduce fuel consumption.
- Don’t brake sharply and accelerate at a steady pace.
- Make sure you are in the right gear, change to a higher gear as soon as possible at 2,500 rpm for petrol cars and 2,000 rpm for diesel cars. A vehicle travelling at 37 mph in theird gear uses 25 per cent mire fuel than it would at the same speed in fifth gear.
- For more tips follow the guide to reducing your fuel and emissions from Directgov.