Travel by Car

Travelling by car is not only often expensive, it is also damaging to the environment. Find out below how you can help us decrease the environmental impact of the University. Car parking at the University Campuses is limited and a Vehicle Management and Enforcement Scheme is in operation.

Green Driving - Save Fuel and Money

1. Don’t drive  - instead of using your vehicle for short journeys, try walking, cycling or hopping on a bus.
2. Before you start on a trip, ask yourself two question: Is this trip really essential? Can I combine this trip with other trips in the same direction?
3. Work from home whenever possible. 
4. Plan your route. If you can, avoid main centre rush hours and road works. Buy a map - getting lost costs UK motorist an incredible 350000 gallons of fuel a year, says the AA.
5. Remove any unnecessary weight and roof racks from the car when you're not using them (flags make a big impact too). 
6. Remove vinyl tops - they cause air drag. Rough surfaces disturb otherwise smooth air flow around a car's body. Bear in mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun roof disturbs the smooth air flow and causes additional fuel use.
7. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to the car frame. Unremoved snow and ice cause high wind resistance.
8. Check the pressure on your tyres - flat tyres use more fuel. For every 6psi pressure a tyre is under-inflated, fuel consumption rises by 1%.
9. Share your journeys with other people where possible.
10. Leave early on your journeys. Relax behind the wheel instead of hurrying. No need for heavy feet and hands on the controls.
11. If you make a cold start, don't sit around idling. Move off as soon as you can and stay light on the accelerator until the engine has warmed up.