Plenty of people talk the talk about wanting to be more environmentally friendly and help protect the planet for future generations, but when it comes to actually doing something about it, they don’t carry it through. In fact, there are lots of often repeated excuses for not driving a more eco-friendly vehicle.
- It’s too expensive
Cost is always the first consideration when changing your car – for most people anyway. And it’s true that the initial cost for hybrid cars and electric vehicles is more than for conventional cars. There are lots of new car offers around at the moment, and any extra that you spend will be saved many times over by your reduced running costs. A particular advantage with hybrids is that the engine receives less wear and tear, so servicing costs are generally lower.
- Everyone needs to do it, not just me
There aren’t enough people out there making the switch to more eco-friendly cars, but one person’s decision can make a difference. Deciding to buy an electric, hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle will reduce the emissions sent out into the atmosphere. Why not be part of the vanguard and lead the way to what is undoubtedly going to become the standard in the future? Wouldn’t you rather be a leader than someone who follows the herd?
- Eco-cars are too slow
Though there may be some truth in this if you consider electric cars, they are perfectly functional around town, when you’re lucky to get over 30mph anyway because of all the traffic on the roads. Also, hybrid cars now match conventional cars for speed and performance.
- I’m too attached to the car I have
If this is the case, then at some point, you will have to part with your old favourite, unless you decide to go down the conversion route when the engine finally packs in. Even if you’re not ready to change to a more eco-friendly car now, you can drive your existing car in a way that improves the mileage you get from it, and decreases the amount of fossil fuel you use up.
So, there we are, no more excuses. It’s time to be as good as your word and adopt a greener driving style!