The tempting comfort of your car in winter makes it understandable that you’d choose it over public transport. It’s cold, your car is right there in front of your home… but that decision is often immediately followed by regret when you hit the traffic and parking madness that ensues over the festive period. Not only that, but the extra heat you’re trying to pump through the car will increase the amount of pollution released into the air.
Still not sure you’re ready to ditch the car? This blog should help convince you!
1. Cost to the environment
The main reason we’d love for you to get on board with public transport is to cut down on the large amount of harmful emissions produced at this time of year. We’re all guilty of the increase in the use of the car in colder weather and being tempted to idle the engine.
Most recently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said:
“Tiny specks of soot from vehicle exhaust, brake linings and tyres, as well as nitrogen dioxide gas, damage people’s health by increasing the risk of cancer and respiratory and heart diseases.” (www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38156778)
Every little thing you can do to help cut down on these bad habits will make a difference to the effect emissions have on the environment, as well as the health of others.
2. Cost to you
How much petrol do you put in your car each week? And how much does this rise throughout winter when idling for longer than is absolutely necessary during the defrosting of your car… probably more than you think!
By taking public transport you can travel in comfort and warmth for the whole journey without the hassle and for less cost.
3. Festive Traffic
Whether you’re driving back to your hometown for Christmas or to the shops to pick up presents, there is one thing you are guaranteed – hundreds of other people doing exactly the same thing at the same time. Heavy traffic can test your nerves and often won’t get you anywhere quicker.
Why put yourself through it? Hop on the bus or train to save time and avoid the stress!
4. Festive Parking
There are often lots of festive family events on in the run up to Christmas – pantomimes, Christmas markets, visits to see Santa amongst last minute dashes to the shops! Do you find yourself piling friends and family into multiple cars and then struggle to find parking?
Forget that! Extend the fun to include the trip there. Leave the cars at home, give the designated driver a break and gather friends and family together by bus or train.
5. Bad Weather
There’s nothing worse that battling your way through rain, sleet, snow or fog when you’re driving; especially on long journeys to see loved ones. Take a break this year and give your family and friends some peace of mind by taking public transport.
Being able to sit back and relax without the added stress of making good time or taking a wrong turn doesn’t sound too bad does it?