As much as we may like to be able to ditch our car, for many of us it is a necessary mode of transport. However, there are many things you can do to reduce the environmental, and economic impact of our car.
- Reducing the impact of your car
- Buying a new car
Reducing the impact of your car
Check out RACV’s 10 Tips to Reduce Fuel Costs – and reduce your impact on the environment at the same time.
Another way of helping to reduce the greenhouse impact of your driving is to join Greenfleet. For a fee, they will plant enough trees to absorb the annual greenhouse emissions from the average car.
Disposing of used motor oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute the environment. We need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible.
Used motor oil is a valuable resource. Australians are good at recycling used oil, with about 250 million litres of used oil recycled during the 2007–08 financial year. However, not all used oil is disposed of appropriately. Local governments are helping to conserve a valuable resource and protect the environment by encouraging Australians to recycle their used motor oil. Find out more.
Buying a new car
Buying a car gives you are great opportunity to make decisions now that will reduce the cost of running the car, as well as the impact your car has on the environment. There are a number of good sources of information to help you choose a car that is less harmful to the environmental – and to your wallet.
So if you are in the market, why not check out some of the following:
- The Australian Government’s Green Vehicle Guide.
- Greenwheels has been set up by the the Low Emission Vehicle Automotive Partnership, involving the Royal Automotive Club of Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and Future Climate and aims to help consumers Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by making it easier for people to buy low emission vehicles.
- A government initiative, fuel consumption labelling on all new cars aims to help car buyers choose a car. Model specific labels on the windscreen of new vehicles give an indication of how many litres of fuel the car would use to travel 100km in particular driving conditions, a combination of city and highway. The label also indicates the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, that will be emitted – the lower the better.