One of the most important aspects of going green is to think about your transport and there are many ways to achieve this. Generally it is considered that one of the best ways to achieve going green is to forego using your car wherever possible and to instead use public transport, walk, or do whatever else it takes to avoid going by car.
However sometimes you have to use a car, and if you live a long way from your work or from your children’s school then often public transport is not a very realistic solution (particularly if you are worried about your children traveling on their own).
Thus it is import to find methods of making your car greener too and here there are several options. The first step of course is to think long and hard about the car you are going to use and here there are a range of different options to look at – most importantly how many miles it does to the gallon, and if your car is a fuel ‘guzzler’ then you will being more harm than necessary to the environment. Look for a car that is fuel efficient and you will save both your wallet and the atmosphere. Large engines and sports cars might look cool, but ultimately if you want to go green they are not the answer.
If you want to go further and you have the finances available then you can also choose other types of cars that go beyond ‘normal’ fuel efficiency – for instance electric cars or hybrid cars. Hybrid cars are a great option because they have the benefits of both electric cars and ‘normal’ cars, using petrol as a backup should the charge run down or if you can’t find somewhere to charge. In some areas you will even get tax advantages for using eco-friendly cars and this can make the initial expense less painful.
Lastly the way you drive will also have a big impact on how eco friendly your car is. Some quick tips to make sure you use less fuel are to avoid stopping by hanging back from the car in front (this is called ‘defensive driving’ and is also much safer) and slowing down as you approach lights, not to fill the car up with unnecessary weight in the boot, and not to open the windows or have the lights on unnecessarily.