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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Driving

Unfortunately, CO2 emissions are unavoidable. Each day, whether we’re eating, working, travelling or enjoying our leisure time, we are always leaving behind a carbon footprint. Although some form of carbon footprint is inescapable, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make an effort to reduce it. There are many things we can start doing in our daily lives which could help us see a reduction in our personal emissions, but this article will only focus on those which can be done while driving.

Public transport

One of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply drive less. This doesn’t mean you’ll be stranded, though, there are plenty of other ways to get around. Firstly, you could start using more public transport. If you’re going on a particularly long journey, why not get the train? It will take a significant portion of stress out of the journey! Or, if your trip to work is on a popular route, taking the bus would be a good idea.

Car share

If public transport just doesn’t sound appealing and you prefer the comfort of your own vehicle, there is another option: a car share. If you are fortunate enough to live near some of your colleagues and you all start work at the same time, why not suggest sharing trips to work? This way, you can cut down on your CO2 emissions from the security of a colleague’s car.

Plan your journeys

If the idea of not being behind the wheel at all times just doesn’t sit well with you then, don’t worry, there are other ways of reducing your emissions. One of which is to plan your journeys properly. Congestion, road works and poor weather conditions are surefire ways to get caught in a stop-start journey, something which can hike up your CO2 emissions much more than you would think.

Less air conditioning

A major catalyst for CO2 emissions that you might not be considering is your air conditioning. Your car’s air conditioning can have a significant impact on fuel consumption and, as a result, can increase your CO2 emissions considerably. So, our advice: wind you windows down instead!

Get your bike out

This tip is born out of the idea that short car journeys are not only bad for fuel consumption (cold engines burn twice the fuel), but they’re also avoidable. That is, most of these journeys can be replaced with a short bike ride or even a walk.

Get your vehicle serviced regularly

If your whole car is running as efficiently as possible, then you won’t have to worry nearly as much about your CO2 emissions. With this in mind, take your car in for a service regularly, making sure your tyres, engine and brakes are all working optimally.


If you worried about your carbon footprint and think you car might need a checkup, Munster Tyres can help. Our experienced and highly trained team can perform first-rate replacements, repairs, servicing and MOTs, offering their services throughout North London. For some professional advice or to book in your vehicle, come to our garage in Fulham or contact us today!

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