Car Travel

We know that for a lot of journeys the car is the most practical choice; that doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t still save money and do your bit for the environment.

Below you’ll find more information and useful links on car sharing, electric vehicles, eco driving and more.

Share Your Journey
Car sharing is a fantastic way to save money on your commute whilst retaining the convenience of car travel.
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It’s completely flexible – share every day or just occasionally; you don’t even have to share with the same person every time. You can choose to offer or request a lift or take it in turns. The easiest way to find someone to share your journey with is to use a FREE online matching scheme, such as wy.liftshare.com. Simply register, enter your journey details and sharing preferences and see if anyone’s going your way. It’s then up to you if you if you decide to share; all communication is via the website, so there’s no need to give out your personal details. Register Today Registration is free, secure and takes just 2 minutes. So, what are you waiting for?

Savings Calculator
Use the handy savings calculator to see how many ££s you could save by sharing the commute.
FAQs
Got a question about car sharing? View the range of useful FAQs below.
Drive Smarter
To drive smarter, you need to think about the type of car you own, the way you drive, the loads you carry and type of fuel your car uses.
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Drive Smarter

Smarter driving or ‘eco-driving’ could save you up to £220 per year in fuel costs, as well as helping the environment. That’s because smarter driving means moving more efficiently and producing less CO2 – the main contributor to climate change. So clean out your boot, accelerate more gently, and drive more steadily to help you save cash and the climate. The links below offers lots more helpful hints and tips.


Advice from the AA

Energy Savings Trust

Research from the RAC

Electric Vehicles
Save money and do your bit for the environment by going electric
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Electric Vehicles

As we all become more environmentally conscious, plug-in vehicle registrations in the UK have soared! In 2013 there were 3,500 registered vehicles; latest figures put this at 121,000.   There's a lot going for electric vehicles, including cost savings, improved reliability and environmental benefits.   Government support for electric cars and vehicles exists in the form of the Plug-in Vehicle Grant towards the purchase of vehicles; this offers:

 
  • 35% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the category the model belongs to
  • 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000
  • 20% of the cost of a motorcycle, up to a maximum of £1,500
 

There's also the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme to assist with costs of installation of a homecharger. This provides a grant of up to 75 per cent of the eligible costs of chargepoint installation (capped at £500, inc VAT) for the registered keeper, lessee or nominated primary user of a new or second-hand eligible electric vehicle on or after 1 April 2015 onwards. Find out more about eligibility criteria and a list of approved installers.