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Nedbank encourages reducing impact during Transport Month

Nedbank encourages reducing impact during Transport Month

Oct 22, 2014

October is Transport Month in South Africa, the initiative first launched in October 2005 by the Department of Transport to raise awareness of the important role of transport in the economy and encourage society and business to participate in providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system for the country.

While older cars are not as fuel efficient as new models – which are being built to new global standards that aim to reduce emissions – there’s still much each of us can do to lower our environmental footprint with regards to transport.

If you drive a car, here are some tips that may not only help the environment by reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but will save you money too:

• Maintain the speed limit – driving too fast uses more fuel
• Accelerate slowly and smoothly – revving your car consumes more fuel and emits more pollution
• Get your vehicle serviced regularly – a regularly serviced engine is a more efficient engine, with less negative impact on the environment (and your wallet)
• Replace your air, oil and fuel filters according to dealer guidelines – this will keep your car operating as efficiently as possible
• Tyre pressure – did you know that ensuring your tyres are properly inflated (not too hard, not too soft) you can save fuel as well as hundreds of kilograms of CO2 emissions in a year?
• Minimise air conditioning – aircon raises your fuel use immensely

Not only does maintaining your vehicle according to the dealer’s guidelines reduce your car’s pollution, it also means a safer vehicle for you and your family.

Remember, too, that when starting your car in the mornings, there is no need to allow the engine to warm up – it’s far more fuel-efficient just to drive off and maintain the speed limit.

Cutting back on vehicle use
One of the best ways for each of us to contribute to reducing vehicle emissions is to find ways of not using our cars as often as we do. Before taking a drive anywhere, ask yourself:

• Could I walk, cycle or take public transport?
• Is there anything else I need to do in the area so I can combine all my chores with one trip?
• Would a neighbour like a lift to avoid them having to use their car too?

If you have more than one car in your household, work out which one is the most fuel-efficient and use that one for shorter trips and daily chores, where possible. To keep your travel as efficient as possible:

• Use public transport as much as possible
• Avoid unnecessary weight in the boot of your car
• Plan your journey, so you don’t get lost and waste fuel
• Avoid congested areas – traffic is a fuel-guzzler
• Travel during non-peak traffic times as much as possible
• Buy more goods online – delivery services plant their trips for maximum efficiency
• Telecommute – can you do a Skype call or take a brief by e-mail instead of driving to another meeting? Speak to your company and/or clients about reducing your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of non-essential travel your work may currently demand.

Each person who reduces their environmental footprint by just a small amount adds to the greater number of people making a difference. Take a look at Nedbank’s Green Living Guide and Carbon Footprinting Guide for ways that you can cut back on greenhouse gas emissions – and save money while doing so.

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