More and more of us are becoming conscious of the impact our lifestyles can have on the environment – and none more so than car owners. If you’re thinking of selling your car to do your bit, here are some things to consider.
– Road transport produces 22% of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions
– Car pollution is a major contributor to climate change
– Now that many car manufacturers have made a commitment to reduce emissions, air quality is slowly improving; however, many areas still don’t meet the air quality objectives and European limit values
Now you can see why it’s so important that we all consider the effects that driving a car can have.
Get rid entirely or simply replace?
Many of us rely heavily on our cars on a daily basis – but do we really need to? It’s not uncommon for families to run two vehicles nowadays, but how often are both cars in use simultaneously? And, when your car’s sitting right there in the driveway, it can be tempting to jump in for journeys that are actually within easy walking distance.
Once you’re used to automatically getting behind the wheel whenever you have somewhere to be, it’s easy to forget that there are viable alternatives to running a car. But ask yourself, ‘If I do sell my car, do I really need to buy another?’
Public transport links are constantly improving, and it can be much cheaper (and less stressful) to transfer your daily commute to the bus or train. And cycling or walking those shorter distances will keep you healthier.
Plus, think of all the brilliant things you could do with the money you’ll save if you didn’t have to take care of your car anymore…
What to look for in your new car
The truth is, though, that many of us do need a car to get around. If you decide that you can’t live without one, then you can still do your bit by selecting a car that has minimal impact of the environment.
Cars that offer less than 100g/km CO₂ emissions are much more environmentally friendly; any reputable dealerships will be able to provide you with information on CO₂ emissions to help you make your decision.
Think about your needs and buy a car that suits them. Smaller cars generally consumer less fuel, so don’t opt for a large people carrier when a nippy supermini would do – not only will you reduce the impact of the environment, but you’ll also save yourself some money.
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