Using Our Cars Less in 2020 - World Car Free Day

Posted on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 by CarTakeBack

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This year the Coronavirus pandemic has likely caused us to have unexpected car free days, due to travel restrictions and lockdown measures. Perhaps you've enjoyed the quieter roads, walked or cycled to work, or even worked from home. Either way you're probably well prepared for World Car Free Day on the 22nd September!

How Coronavirus impacted our driving

2020 hasn't turned out to be the year any of us expected. The pandemic has certainly impacted our lives in lots of ways, particularly our driving and travel habits. In terms of car use, it's made many of us rethink our daily commutes, our journey to do the shopping, and importantly, our impact on the planet. As we saw the changes that lockdowns and less cars on the roads had, many of us vowed to use our cars less. Being in our cars less has made many of us feel more relaxed, because of the reduction to rush hour traffic, save money on fuel and parking, as well as walk, run or cycle more. Will we still use the roads and our cars in the same way as we did earlier this year?

UK data showed an AA survey of almost 20,000 people in April - during the UK lockdown - revealed that, 22% will drive less (increasing to 24% of those over 65). Will we see similar attitudes in New Zealand?

Data released by the regional councils and analysed by Niwa showed a huge decrease in air pollution across New Zealand during lockdown due to less vehicle usage.

NZ air pollution during lockdown

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Leave the car parked this World Car Free Day

If you choose to cycle, walk, run, skateboard, rollerblade, unicycle, pogo stick - ok maybe a bit too far! - rather than drive the car, there's many benefits, to you and the planet. The main benefits are that it can improve your health and reduce emissions. It can also save you money, with the cost savings on parking and fuel.

Ditch driving altogether

We couldn't talk about World Car Free Day without mentioning scrapping your car! Whether you're conscious of the impact driving is having on the world, and your wallet, and are giving up your car for good, or if yours is reaching the end of the road and you're upgrading to something more environmentally friendly, CarTakeBack can help you responsibly recycle your old car or van. Find out more about how to scrap your car >

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