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Green driving

BY EARTHFIRST

Our hectic lives seem to depend on the car a lot. Think about how many times a day and week we use our cars. Driving to work, dropping the kids to school and sport, picking up the milk and groceries, going shopping, visiting friends, etc.

The reality is that most of us depend on our cars a lot, living in Australia’s sprawling suburbs means that for many of us our daily trips are not within walking distance. The other reality is that our lazy lifestyles also make us depend on them a little too much. I’m pretty sure that most of us could reduce the amount of car trips that we make, even if it’s just a few trips a week.

Every little thing counts! Every kilometer you don't drive means less carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere, so try to think of alternative ways to replace car trips such as using public transport, walking, ride a bike, car-pool.

If you live in the inner city and you don’t use your car often, perhaps its time to consider selling your car and start using a car sharing service like GoGet , it's  perfect for people who don't need a car everyday or want to get rid of that second car. It’s also perfect for businesses or organisations that get the benefits of having a car fleet without the costs.


And if you’re like our family and you really cant do without a car try some of the following:

  • Reducing cruising speeds
  • Anticipating traffic flows to drive more smoothly
  • Shutting windows and removing roof-racks to improve aerodynamics
  • Keeping tyres correctly inflated
  • Have your car regularly serviced, this can reduce fuel consumption by up to a third.

If you are getting a new car consider buying a smaller car, a more fuel-efficient car or a hybrid, and take a look at  The Green Vehicle Guide  which is an Australian Government Initiative helps you by rating new Australian vehicles based on greenhouse and air pollution emissions.

The site features the top performers as well as rating calculators and comparison tables that can help you make an informed decision on your next car purchase.

The ratings are calculated using data provided by manufacturers from testing the vehicle against Australian standards.

TopTen  Green Car  performers in 2012 are:

  1. Mitsubishi iMiEV
  2. Nissan Leaf
  3. Tesla Roadster
  4. Toyota Prius Hybrid
  5. Toyota Prius C
  6. Lexus CT200h
  7. smart fortwo
  8. Toyota Prius v
  9. Honda Insight
  10. Suzuki Alto


By choosing a greener vehicle, 
you can make a real difference!

What do you think?


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