How to Lower Your Carbon Footprint Whilst Driving
Despite our best efforts, global carbon pollution still reached unprecedented levels in 2018, quickly dashing the hopes that the world had already reached peak emissions. With energy demands still growing and many nations still unwilling to give up coal and oil, it looks like the battle to lower carbon emissions isn’t getting any easier.
If you haven’t joined the battle yet, why not start now? In this article, the Tyres Northampton team will be detailing some ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint whilst driving. Maybe this year will be the year we see change – who knows?
Can Electric Cars Reduce Pollution?
With almost every car manufacturer creating electric vehicles, it makes sense to look at whether they could be the answer to the emissions problem.
It is certainly true that electric vehicles don’t emit dangerous fumes when running like regular vehicles, making them a definite candidate for improving air quality. However, when it comes to electric cars, they are only as green as the electricity which drives them. Unfortunately, much of the electricity today is still produced by burning fossil fuels, meaning that charging your electric car still produces greenhouse gases, albeit indirectly.
Tips to reduce your carbon footprint
The easiest way to reduce your vehicle’s carbon emissions? Easy: use it less. This doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to the living room, however. The best way to try and use your car less often is to simply use public transport as much as possible. For example, if your journey to work is on a bus route, why not get yourself a bus pass?
Limit your air conditioning
Unbeknownst to many, the air conditioning in your vehicle can really boost CO2 emissions. This is because heavy use of your air conditioning can seriously increase your car’s fuel consumption which, in turn, increases CO2 emissions. So, if you’re a bit too hot, wind your windows down instead. Simple.
Take up cycling
The argument against taking short journeys in a car is twofold: 1) they are particularly bad for fuel consumption (cold engines burn twice the fuel), and 2) they’re usually easily avoidable. Whether you simply walk or opt for a short bike ride, there’s rarely a reason not to get your bike out for a two-mile journey.
Get your vehicle serviced regularly
If your whole car is running as efficiently as possible, then you won’t have to worry nearly as much about your CO2 emissions. So, keeping this in mind, it definitely makes sense to take your car in for a service regularly, making sure your tyres, engine and brakes are all working optimally. You could be helping the environment.
Here at Tyres Northampton, we are proud to offer superb quality tyres at excellent prices for a wide range of vehicles, from sports cars to 4x4s. If you’re worried about the damage your vehicle could be doing to the environment, take your vehicle to our trusty team and we’ll make sure it’s running at optimal efficiency. On top of that, our qualified technicians can offer additional services such as wheel alignment, brakes and exhausts. If you would like to know more about what we do, please get in touch with us today.