How to Get Cleaner Air

There are lots of things people can do to reduce the amount of pollutants and carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles, and it’s not only drivers that can help!

If You’re Driving

If you really need to drive there are things you can do to help reduce the amount of pollutants and carbon dioxide created and emitted as you do so:

  • For vehicles with internal combustion engines use the auto switch off feature of the vehicle to reduce idling, or switch off and on manually if it doesn’t have one
  • Drive smoothly and change up gear sooner rather than later
  • Keep your tyres correctly inflated
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly

However, we think the best way of reducing pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions whilst moving around is for people to do as much as they can to avoid trips in motor vehicles altogether.

Our Why Choose Active Travel pages have more information on how you may be able to do this.

Air Pollution and Idling

Fed up with idling cars in your neighbourhood? Approaching drivers can be awkward – here’s some tips on how to do it, plus information on where to get help for air pollution.

Information on air pollution

To find out more about the air you and everybody else is breathing:

Other pollution sources

Whilst transport is currently a major source of pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions, there are other factors.

Sustrans has a great page on other things that people can do to reduce pollution.