Driving down those carbon emission
A few simple changes to our driving habits could prevent 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the skies above Devon every year, according to the county council.
Apparently that is the equivalent of taking 45,000 cars off the road.
Sounds pretty impressive – so what’s the story?
The authority has joined forces with the Energy Saving Trust in what is billed as a unique project to help us beleaguered motorists save fuel and cash. In short they’ve produced a film that offers advice.
I’m told the average driver could cut 15 per cent off their fuel bill if all the tips are followed.
If the county’s private motorists reduced their fuel consumption by just ten per cent, however, it would, they say, provide the savings mentioned above.
Paul Papworth, the Energy Saving Trust’s south west transport coordinator, said: ‘Using less fuel when driving is easier than people think, and a way to both reduce CO2 emissions, and save cash.
‘With fuel prices increasing, there’s no better time to call our freephone number and learn how.’
Drivers in Devon can request the free Eco-safe Driving: Making A Difference DVD, or it can be viewed at www.devon. gov.uk/ecodrivingfilm.
More than 2,000 people have ordered the film so far and 1,000 people have viewed it online.
Those without DVD or internet facilities can use computers free of charge at the county’s libraries.
Friends and alloys has done its bit and given the 20-minute film the once over. Top Gear it sure ain’t, but there’s no denying that taking heed of the advice will definitely result in savings at the pump.
And of course help to cut down on those nasty greenhouse gasses.
To receive a free DVD, or to talk to someone about how to save money when driving, call the freephone helpline on 0800 512 012. Lines are open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
And for the record, a sedate drive to Birmingham last week in my 1.6 diesel Picasso, equalled my best-yet fuel economy of 70mpg. That’s a £30 return fare for door-to-door comfort and convenience.
You really can’t beat a bit of eco-driving.