With the future of car travel changing, it is good to consider other options when it comes to car travel.
Did you know?
• Each week, the average Brit spends seven hours in their car;
•The average annual cost of car insurance is £436;
• Drivers spend on average £89.67 per month on fuel;
• It’s likely that you will play eye-spy in the car around 1,470 times during your lifetime!; and
• Over your lifetime, on average you will have 7,817 singalongs to the car radio!
The concept of smarter travel choices is about thinking differently, how could you reduce the amount of travelling you do, how could your lifestyle improve?
There are other ways in which you can reduce your travel, including simply cutting the number of journeys you make. For example, could you have your weekly food shop delivered instead of driving yourself and walking or cycling to the local convenience store for smaller purchases? One supermarket van delivering to several properties could take many cars off the road thus improving air quality and reducing congestion. Just making small changes can really add up and everyone’s efforts combined can make an impact.
Perhaps you could also speak to your employer to see if it is possible to work from home just one day a week? Some employers are more flexible and adaptable in their working practices, such as allowing flexi-time to fit around public transport services. Not driving the car for one day a week automatically reduces car usage by 20%! Or alternatively, you could ask to adapt your working hours slightly to travel outside of peak hours. Of course, this isn’t suitable for everyone and every profession, however, small changes add up and make a difference!
Additionally, here are some tips on how to drive a little more economically:
Before you set off:
On the road:
The future of car travel is electric!
If you’re thinking about a new car, why not look at a hybrid or electric vehicle? Today’s electric and hybrid cars can drive over 320 kilometres on a single charge and you could save yourself hundreds of pounds compared to petrol or diesel cars. Visit goultralow.com for a handy ‘home charging calculator’ that can help you to find out how much it costs to charge an EV at home. There are almost 20,000 public charging point connectors in the UK including rapid chargers.
There are significant benefits to driving electric or hybrid vehicles; they are cheaper to run than combustion engines potentially saving up to two thirds of the cost on petrol or diesel (see a ‘Journey cost savings calculator’ here), they tend to be cheaper to maintain because there are hundreds of fewer moving parts and associated mechanical problems, additionally, they are better for the environment with no exhaust emissions (pure EV do not even have exhaust).