Driving Addiction?

The way we hold on to our cars and use them when there are cheaper and better alternative means that many of us have a bit of an addiction to the car.

It is not easy to break but when you do, you will wonder why it took you so long.

Getting Started

Think about what stops you using other means of transport. 

Maybe you don’t yet feel confident on a bike.  Would lessons help?

Perhaps you don’t know which bus goes where.  Mullaney and Arriva are the local buses.

Perhaps you don’t know what is available in Abbots Langley Village?

Could car use be habit?  

Do you feel obliged to travel when you could use other options like Skype.

Perhaps you are not aware of the real costs of your car or how far you drive and how much petrol you use.

If you do drive…

Go out less often and do all your chores on the same trip.  Look at a map to choose the shortest routes to get round all the places you need to visit.

Buy dry food and cleaning agents in bulk, having it delivered or making one trip to collect.  

Take a neighbour, who would normally drive to the shops, with you so you can save a car journey and parking fee.

Can you car share to work?  Perhaps drive to the station rather than all the way to work. Can you negotiate to work from home sometimes to save you the journey.

Allow more time for your journey and learn to dive more smoothly, with less use of the accelerator and brakes. Taking lessons to become an advanced driver will help.  Keep your tyres at the right pressure, too soft and you use more petrol. Take everything out of the car you don’t need for that trip.  Less weight in the car means lower petrol use.

Buy less.  Find places you can walk or cycle to to buy.

As your milage drops it may make economic sense to hire a car or take a taxi instead of owning a car.

If you change your car choose the most milage efficient and smallest car you can or buy electric.