While we"re swimming in new environmental regulations, information, restrictions and statistics, it can be difficult to know the best way to be a driver and protect the environment at the same time.
Our handy guide will help to clear up some of the confusion, so you won"t get left behind, stuck in a jam, or let the mind-boggling array of facts, figures and mixed messages drive you ‘round the bend.
Check it out and you"ll be on the road to greener motoring faster than you can say Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Petrol cars are currently being highlighted as the most damaging to the environment, as they release a high number of polluting emissions. The majority of these emissions (mainly from exhaust fumes) come from the tailpipe of traditional petrol and diesel cars and rise up into the atmosphere.
Once they escape, these toxic gases (mainly carbon - or C02) create an invisible layer of insulation in the environment, which prevents heat from leaving the planet. This is how they contribute to global warming.
Because of their impact on global warming, the government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
Many people believe that diesel engines are slightly less harmful to the environment than those that burn petrol. However, diesel fuel actually contains slightly more carbon than petrol.
The difference is that diesel engines tend to use more air and less fuel to get the same performance result as a petrol engine.
So, carbon emissions from Diesel cars are generally lower than those from petrol-burning cars.
A hybrid car is powered by a conventional petrol or diesel burning engine and an electrical power source at the same time.
A few things to consider:
One of the biggest problems with hybrid cars is the way drivers use them. If you charge your car regularly and take shorter journeys, it will run on electricity and produce fewer carbon emissions.
If you want to reduce your C02 emissions, use your hybrid car as an electric car as much as possible. They can still be an environmentally-friendly option if used responsibly.
However, the government wants to see all new cars and vans with zero emissions at the tailpipe by 2035.
You may want to have a re-think about your old faithful gas-guzzler, sooner rather than later. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to increase its fuel efficiency and reduce those pesky emissions.
Fuel efficient petrol and diesel cars burn less C02 and can also save you money in the long-run.
We recommend doing some research before buying your next car but, one way or another, you might want to consider getting ahead of the curve with those tailpipe issues!
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