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Use your car less
Reducing the number of trips you make in your car will reduce your fuel costs, reduce wear and tear on your car and be beneficial for the environment.
Heavy traffic on our roads increases traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and air and noise pollution.
- Save money on fuel and running costs
- Save on wear and tear on your car
- Improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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Combining short trips will save you money on fuel and car maintenance and reduce pollution.
By planning ahead you can take less trips in a week. For example, you might be able to drop off mail or buy groceries on the way home from work or from picking children up. This practical measure will save you time, money and fuel.
See if you can replace a car trip with a phone call, email or text message. The cost of a phone call is a lot less than the fuel to drive. Short car trips with a cold engine use more fuel and cause more wear and tear.
If you have local shops nearby, consider walking with a personal shopping trolley so you can bring home a full load of shopping without struggling, or riding with a backpack or panniers to carry your groceries.
Depending on where you live, it might even be faster to walk or ride and avoid traffic congestion.
Walking kids to school or riding with them has lots of benefits. Your school might be interested in starting a walking school bus.
Peak hour can be the most stressful time to drive and means you spend longer in the car. Stopping and starting in heavy traffic increases wear and tear on your car and uses more fuel than normal driving.
If you can do all or some of your work from home, you can save on fuel, maintenance and parking costs. You might also have more free time.
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