Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly Road Trip
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Maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be limited to air-drying clothes or recycling plastic bottles, but can even be practiced when taking a road trip. There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint while on an adventure in another destination.
Take a Smart Car
Instead of driving a gas-guzzler on the road that emits higher levels of carbon dioxide, opt for taking a smart car that is either electric or has more miles to the gallon. Stay within the speed limits and avoid stopping and going frequently to save more gas for a trip that is more resourceful and gentle on the earth. You should also drive during off-peak times to avoid traffic.
Choose Public Transportation
Public transportation is another great way of getting where you need to go without wasting extra money on gas or a vehicle that will have hundreds of miles added to it. Public transportation is not only cheaper, but will make for more of an adventure. Look at bus or train schedules beforehand to plan your route and any detours that you may want to take along the way.
Similarly, perform maintenance on the vehicle before the road trip by checking or replacing the breaks, getting an oil change, having the tires rotated, and putting new air in the tires.
Just as you would at home, purchasing goods or services locally instead of spending money at a large chain store will be kinder to the environment and will even allow you to get more unique or authentic products. When buying locally, the prices are often more affordable, and you’ll even be supporting mom and pop shops.
Although stopping for fast food along the way on any road trip is convenient and fun, it is not so eco-friendly with all of the packaging that comes with the meal. Purchase snacks in bulk beforehand for less packaging and use reusable containers to hold the food while avoiding plastic or paper bags.
Packing less will make for a lighter load in the vehicle or on a bus, meaning less gas will be used along the way for smart thinking that will save money and be less harmful on the environment. Pack only what you need and try cleaning out your car or removing heavy items from the trunk to ensure that the vehicle weighs less once driving off.
This post comes from the team at the Skedaddle Car Hire blog. If you’d like to know more about road tripping, and how to make it more eco friendly, healthier and enjoyable, visit their blog regularly for top ideas.