We’re all pulled in by the glamour of sports cars but they’re not very practical. Most people will go for something that’s exciting and good for daily use. If you choose the right car, though, you could be helping yourself as well as the environment.
There are even more benefits to getting an eco-friendly car. Not only will you save yourself some money but you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment too. A car with low emissions will drastically cut your carbon footprint.
If you go all out and choose an electric car then you’ll be reducing those CO2 emissions to zero. These cars are perfect for city driving but most can do hundreds of miles on one charge. With charging points popping up all over the country, it’s becoming more and more practical to get an electric car.
In this day and age we are always worrying about money and trying to save where we can. Cars are expensive to buy and to run but if you choose wisely you can minimise that.
You can get cars that are tax exempt; most models with CO2 emissions less than 100g/km will get free road tax. These cars also tend to have high MPGs, which means you can go further on one tank of fuel. You’ll spend much less time and money filling up than you would with a similar car that doesn’t have low emissions.
These cars tend to have smaller engines and that makes them more reliable. Of course, you have to keep them maintained as you would with any car but you’re less likely to put undue stress on your engine by driving too fast, or erratically.
Insurance costs also tend to be lower on these sorts of cars. Many insurance providers are starting to reward customers that are actively trying to do something positive for the environment, so you could bag yourself a great budget insurance deal by opting for an electric vehicle rather than a sporty hatchback.
Low emission and electric cars are all subject to the same safety tests as regular cars. It’s usually these small, sturdy cars that have the highest NCAP ratings for safety. The Renault Clio is one of the safest cars out there. There are plenty of eco options for this car as it’s part of Renault’s ECO2 range.
The Ford Fiesta comes second to the Clio and is also available with a number of eco options designed to save the environment and a bit of money.
For larger cars, the Volvo V40 is one of the safest out there. The V40 D2 ES only gives off 88g/km of emissions. This is great family car that will keep your kids safe while doing its bit for the world we live in.