In recent times, there has been a push to show that cycling is the way forward when it comes to saving money, increasing the amount of exercise you do and lowering road congestion. However, for practical reasons, many people can’t or won’t cycle to work and continue to use a car for the daily commute.
Some people might automatically turn their noses up at this response, but if your journey to work is long or you own a car because you have a family that you need to drive around, owning a car is a practical necessity and shouldn’t be looked down on.
Two of the major complaints levied at car owners is that they’re expensive to run and that they’re not very environmentally friendly, and which both of these are true when compared to the financial and environmental cost of commuting by bicycle, there are plenty of ways to limit the financial and environmental cost of commuting to work by car each day. Here are some of the best and most easily implementable.
Operate a Car-Share Scheme
If the drive to work is an expensive one, why not ask some of your co-workers who live in nearby areas to share the lift with you. They could contribute to your petrol money and you’d also be filling up all of the available spaces in your car, which is a great way to prevent waste and ensure you’re having the least environmental impact by driving to work each day.
In addition, you’ll also have people to share the journey to and from work with – nobody wants to sit in silence whilst they drive.
Empty the Car and Keep It Light
The heavier your vehicle, the more fuel your engine will burn in any given situation, at any given time. This means that if your car boot is full of heavy items, it’s more than likely that you’re going to empty your petrol tank faster than if it were full.
This is obviously not ideal, so every Sunday, create a routine whereby you go and see what you’ve accumulated in your car over the past 7 days, and you see what you can take out. Not only will this save you money, but it will also help your car to run that little bit greener.
Efficient Driving Means Efficient Petrol Usage
Although it’s fair to say that if you’ve passed your driving test and you’re allowed on the road in the driver’s seat of a car, you can probably drive. However, it might be similarly reasonable to say that not all legally road-worthy drivers know how to be maximally efficient with their cars. For example, many drivers accelerate too quickly, revving their engine and burning fuel faster than they necessarily have to. This is financially and environmentally unwise, so learning how to control you acceleration will help you in both of these crucial areas. For more information on how you can drive with maximum efficiency, see the helpful guide by Different Money, if you do, you’ll certainly see almost immediate improvements.
Tweak Your Car for Better Performance
Finally, a few tweaks to your car will see that it is working to the best of its ability in terms of its general performance and its green and financial performance. For example, replacing your tires with new ones when they aren’t at their peak, or simply filling them with air when they’re running low, will boost your fuel efficiency by up to 3% according to some estimates.
Ultimately, not everybody can ditch their car in an effort to go green and save money, so if you’re going to carry on using your car, follow the advice above and you’ll soon find that you’re lowering both your financial and economic impact from driving.