Sustainable Transport Choices
Sustainable transport is getting around while having a low impact on the environment. It means making choices to create less noise and air pollution while travelling. It can also help save money and improve our health.
Here are some ways you can make better choices.
Active transport means using physical activity to travel places. It can include walking, cycling, scootering and skateboarding.
Eco-driving is driving in a way that reduces your fuel use. Eco-driving can reduce your fuel costs by 10-15 per cent.
Here are some eco-driving tips
- Keep an eye on your vehicle's tyre pressure
- Avoid over-revving your car
- Smooth out your driving style
- Watch the road ahead so you stop ahead of time
- Avoid idling to reduce wasting fuel
- Maintain a steady speed on highways and use 'cruise-control' where appropriate
- Reduce air conditioner use
- Remove excess weight in the vehicle
For every busload of passengers, there are up to 40 fewer cars on the road. Public transport takes away the stress of driving and reduces traffic congestion.
- Plan your next trip here: https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/journey-planner
- Get a Transport Me Smartcard (for travel around Gympie: https://transportme.com.au/)
- Get a Go Card for travel on trains and outside of Gympie: https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card
Car-pooling means sharing a car with another person or other people. By sharing a car, you save on petrol and parking costs. You also save on vehicle maintenance costs. The more people who car-pool, the less vehicle emissions. It also means less traffic congestion.
Here are some car-pooling tips
- Talk to your work mates about car-pooling
- Car-pool for work trips, meetings, school and social gatherings
Be considerate when car-pooling by being on time
More electric vehicles means less greenhouse gas emissions which means better air quality. Electric vehicle charging costs 60 per cent to 90 per cent less than normal fuel costs.
Do extra research when purchasing your next vehicle. Be sure to compare upfront costs with total cost of ownership. Before buying, make sure you know where you can charge your electric vehicle.