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Reducing the environmental impact of driving

Both your choice of car and your driving style impact on the amount of fuel you use and the amount of pollution you produce.

Driving style

There are a number of ways to reduce the environmental impact of driving:

  • Accelerate and brake smoothly.
  • Avoid using air conditioning, if possible.
  • Remove roof racks when they are not being used.
  • Remove excess luggage from the car.
  • Don't rush - driving at 50mph is a lot more fuel efficient than driving at 70mph.
  • Have your car serviced regularly.
  • Switch off your engine whenever you stop for more than a minute or so.
  • Plan your routes to combine trips, therefore reducing the distance that you drive.

Choice of car

One of the greatest factors influencing the environmental impact of your driving is your choice of car. A 4×4 can produce as much as three times as much emissions as the most efficient small car. Choose a car to suit your everyday needs, rather than for rare occurrences. For that off-road trip you want to take for your holiday, why not hire a 4×4? By driving a smaller, more efficient car the rest of the year, you could save more than enough money to pay for this.

Road Tax is also considerably lower on more efficient cars (£35/year for cars producing 101-120kg of CO2 emissions/km , compared to £300 for vehicles producing over 225g/km).

Choice of breakdown cover

The Environmental Transport Agency campaigns for a sustainable transport system. By choosing them for breakdown cover, you will be helping to support these campaigns.

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