Did you know that the average city driver spends only around 4 hours 40 minutes a week behind the wheel of their car? This equates to only 3% of the total time the cars are on the road. This costs the British public an average of around £65 billion a year. In these times of hardship, that is money that many of us surely can’t afford.
It is also no surprise then that around 48% of people surveyed in a recent poll said they would sell their car if there was a convenient alternative to ownership.
The good news for these people is that there are alternatives out there. Car sharing is one possibility. It is a model of car rental where people can rent vehicles for a short period of time, sometimes even by the hour. There are several car ‘clubs’ in the UK that people can sign up to to partake in this. Around 500,000 people use these car clubs in the UK at present.
Also, in London there is the Transport for London bike hire scheme. This is an incentive to encourage people to hire bikes around Central London for short periods. The first half hour is free, with prices then ranging from £1 for the first hour to £50 for 24 hours.
You can also combine doing a good deed with getting rid of your old banger by donating it to charity. Government regulations stipulate that 85% of scrapped cars must be recycled. Giveacar is a social enterprise website that allows you to do these things. After being picked up picked up by a collection agent, your unwanted scrap car is then either sold at an auction or disposed of through an Automated Treatment Facility. The profit is then donated to a charity of your choice.
On top of all this of course, stopping or minimising your car usage can do wonders for the environment. Cars emit dangerous levels of CO2 into the atmosphere, but by changing to other means you save money whilst helping out Mother Earth. Double win!
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