You can reduce your carbon footprint by using public transport rather than taking the car – and if you have no option other than driving, there are ways to drive smarter to help the environment.
Six ways to drive smarter - reducing your fuel costs and your emissions
1. Read the road as far ahead as possible and anticipate the flow of traffic
2. Maintain a steady speed without revving, in the highest possible gear
3. Change gear early (considering the traffic situation and road safety)
4. Check your tyre pressures at least once a month and keep tyres properly inflated - low tyre pressure is a safety risk and wastes fuel
5. Remember - air con uses fuel, and so costs money
6. Change your oil regularly, and use the right one - using the wrong oil can decrease engine efficiency
7. Drive off from cold – modern cars don’t need to be warmed up
8. Remove roof racks, bike carriers and top boxes if you’re not using them
9. Plan your journey. The Highways Agency website has details of incidents and roadworks on main roads
10.Invest in a satnav. Many satnavs now have features that help you avoid traffic congestion.