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For many of us, car ownership remains a necessary and mainly beneficial fact of life. But the costs add up when you take into account purchase, maintenance, tax, MOT, insurance and congestion. Nonetheless there are a number of ways in which we can all save money and reduce our environmental impacts:
Reducing the number of car trips we make:
- Working from home more often and choosing home delivery options for shopping reduces fuel consumption and wear & tear.
- Many short local journeys can be made more quickly, healthily and reliably on foot or bike.
- Many people enjoy travelling by bus or train to let people read or relax.
- Combining journeys, e.g. stopping at the supermarket on the way home from work.
Making car journeys more efficient:
- Considering fuel type and consumption when replacing your car.
- Driving efficiently to reduce fuel usage and emissions (e.g. the most efficient speed is 45-50mph).
- Car sharing - fill the empty seats and share the costs of driving!