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Reducing car usage

If you'd like to be more environmentally friendly with your choice of transport, then you could try the following:

  • try walking, cycling or taking the bus
  • take part in a car share - on average, each car carrying commuters into St Helier has 1.38 people in it
  • only start your engine when you're ready to move off - pre-heating a modern engine is unnecessary, wastes fuel and increases emissions
  • turn the engine off when stationary for 1 minute or more
  • if you drive under 5,000 miles a year, it may be worth your while not owning a car at all. Using public transport, taxis, cycling, walking and hiring a car may work out cheaper and, of course, be better for the environment
  • inflate your tyres. Incorrect tyre pressure increases fuel consumption, shortens the life of tyres and is dangerous. For every 6psi that the tyre is under-inflated, the fuel consumption increases by 1%
  • remove any unnecessary weight and roof racks from the car when you're not using them 
  • drive smoothly and efficiently - harsh acceleration and heavy braking can use up to 30% more fuel and can cause increased wear and tear on the vehicle
  • slow down – when driving in France or England think about your speed.  It can cost you up to 25% more fuel to drive at 70mph compared to 50mph
  • use higher gears as soon as traffic conditions allow
  • buy a low emission car
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