Oakwood Park, Wymondham

Smarter Travel Choices

The Oakwood Park Travel Plan is not anti-car, however, we do like to encourage more sustainable travel where possible. Did you know the average petrol car in the UK produces an equivalent of 180g of CO₂ per km?

The idea behind smarter travel choices is about thinking differently. How can we reduce the amount of travelling we do, is there an alternative to it? How can that improve our lifestyle?

Studies suggest you are 45% more productive after just 29 minutes outside!


Did you know that by 2030, all sales of new petrol and diesel cars are et to end in order to accelerate a greener transport future? Electric and hybrid vehicles are to replace them.

The future of car travel is electric:

If you’re thinking about getting a new car, consider owning a hybrid or an electric vehicle! By 2030, electric and hybrid cars can drive over 320 kilometres on a single charge, and you could save £100+ compared to petrol or diesel cars.

Visit Goultralow.com to find a handy ‘home charging calculator’. It can help you to find out how much it costs to charge an Electric Vehicle (EV) at home. There are almost 20,000 public charging point connectors in the UK including rapid chargers.

The benefits of driving an electric or hybrid vehicle are mainly that they are cheaper to run than combustion engines. They can potentially save up to two thirds of petrol or diesel cost (see a ‘Journey cost savings calculator’ here). They are cheaper to maintain because hundreds of fewer moving parts and associated mechanical problems, and they are better for the environment with no exhaust emissions (EV’s don’t even have an exhaust!)

To find EV charging points throughout the UK visit the handy CarWow or Zap Map websites.

Lift Sharing:

By sharing the same or similar journeys with at least one other person, you can save money on the cost of car travel. Another benefit to lift sharing is that you can meet new people and make new friends. Sign up for free with Norfolk Lift Share to find others travelling to the same places as you.

Car Clubs:

We understand that perhaps sharing a car with a stranger might not be comfortable, or maybe that you work a very early or night shift. Car Clubs are rent by the hour or a day service that saves you the hassle of worrying about insurance, fuel and cleaning! Click here to read more about car clubs.

Eco Driving:

Although driving a car can be the least sustainable way to travel sometimes, it can also be a necessity. Here we have some tips on how to save on fuel, money and air pollution when driving.


Maintenance:

♦ Be sure to check your tyre pressure regularly, especially before long journeys as under-inflated tyres will use up more fuel.

♦ Your car will be at its most efficient if it’s being regularly serviced.


Before you set off:

♦ Although handy to have when needed, roof-racks and boxes increase your fuel consumption, take them off if they’re not being used to reduce drag and save on fuel.

♦ Lose any unnecessary baggage, extra weight means extra fuel!

♦ Plan ahead and know where you’re going. Getting lost lengthens journeys and also means using up more fuel.

♦ Combine short trips, cold starts use more fuel so it pays to group your errands together when you can.

♦ Start your engine when you’re ready to set off on your journey, an idle engine wastes fuel and your engine will warm up quicker when you’re moving too.


On the road:

♦ Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.

♦ Stick to the speed limits, the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption.

♦ Cut down on the air-con; it increases fuel consumption at low speeds.

♦ Try to keep your car moving even at slow speeds as stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling.

♦ Newer car models (since 2014) have been fitted with gear shift indicators, these encourage you to use the most efficient gear for your speed. Try changing gears at an engine speed of 2,000 rpm for diesel, or 2,500 for petrol.

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