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Originally Posted On: Changing Your Driving Habits to Live an Eco-Friendly Life – Ecophiles
If you’re looking for ways that you can adopt a sustainable lifestyle, look no further than your driving habits. While many people have been stuck inside for the past year (and therefore have had no need to drive), the world returning to normal means that the highways and roads will soon be filled with vehicles once more. You can take this opportunity to change your driving habits, and see if you can make changes to drive better, not just for the environment, but for you, too.
Consider Ridesharing (or Take the Bus)
Ridesharing and carpooling is an often-suggested solution for getting around in a more sustainable way. If you live close to someone you work with, consider sharing the ride so you cut down on car emissions, the both of you don’t need to drive, after all. Another option is to take the bus or other public transport. This could be necessary if you are considered a ‘high-risk’ driver and have been unable to find cheap SR22 insurance, as it can save you from getting in hot water should you run into trouble again.
Upgrade Your Vehicle
If you need a car to get to work or travel to meet clients but do not have anyone to share the ride with, buying an electric car is a good idea. However, electric cars are far from the norm, with just 2.2% of all road vehicles in America being electric. Electric cars are also more expensive, and for the average person, this makes it impossible to purchase one. Still, it’s something to work towards at the very least, and if you have a company car, you can start trying to convince your employer to consider changing their policy and providing electric vehicles for employees.
Get Your Car Serviced
The older your vehicle gets, the more likely it is to encounter operational issues. If you get your car serviced regularly, you can identify problems that could negatively contribute to the environment. Your mechanic will identify parts of your car’s exhaust system that emits harmful gas fumes and make necessary repairs that can mitigate your carbon emissions, even if it is just a little.
Everyone should drive safely on the road, and if you’re serious about eco-friendly driving, this is something you should think about. After passing your test, it’s easy to slip into bad driving habits that are difficult to break, so be honest and critical with yourself about the way you drive. If you have a need for speed, take a moment to slow down. If you allow your car to rev even while driving down residential streets, be kinder to your engine; nobody thinks you’re cool for driving loudly, anyway. If anything, it just makes you look immature.
While cars are not the most eco-friendly means of transport, they are still necessary for most people. You can do what you can to adjust your driving habits so you can feel a little better about your carbon footprint and even make changes to prevent further damage to the environment.