Tips for efficient transport
If you put into practice the following tips when you travel, you too can reduce your CO2 emissions.
Use public transport:
- Find out what public transport is available (underground, bus, tram, train, etc.) and the various alternatives to make your daily journeys.
- Enquire about prices and discounts available on the public transport lines you use (10 journey tickets, monthly travel cards, etc.).
- Study the journey combinations you can use. A good bus-underground-train journey, for example, will allow you to travel comfortably and leave your car at home.
Improve your driving style:
- Avoid “aggressive” driving. Keep within speed limits and adapt to the traffic on the road. Keep to speed limits even if you think they are low and you will save more. Especially in inner cities, do not stop and start abruptly and keep your speed as even as possible in order to keep up a smooth flow of traffic.
- Don't force your car. If your vehicle runs on diesel try and drive at between 1,500 and 2,000 rpm and if it is petrol between 2,000 and 2,500.
- Switch off the engine if you stop for more than 2 minutes. Do not press the horn unless absolutely necessary.
- Don't overload your car. Remove the roof rack or bicycle rack if you do not need it.
- Do not start with your foot on the accelerator and use “high” gears whenever you can, driving at low revs.
- When you are going to stop, step off the accelerator and leave the vehicle in gear; then break gently and slowly, changing down gears as late as possible.
- Take your car in for a check-up regularly even if you do not think it is necessary. The main checks include tuning, adjusting the tyre pressure, checking the oil level and changing the air and oil filters.
Take the train:
- Plan your medium and long distance journeys. A car is not always necessary to travel and flying is not always the fastest way to reach a destination.
- Before embarking on any journey, find out which means of transport are available for your route and assess which is the best for you.
- Take the train whenever possible as it has the lowest level of emissions per passenger and kilometre.
Cycle short distances:
- Cycling is the ideal method of transport for short journeys, and it is also good for your health.
- You can also take children if you have the right equipment.
- Every year, a car emits pollutants equivalent to three times its weight, whereas a bicycle does not pollute at all.
Drive an electric car:
- An electric car guarantees zero CO2 emissions on your trips.
- Moreover, an electric car contributes to reduce noise pollution in cities, as it is practically noiseless.
- Charging points are currently being implemented in our country.