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Clean Air Day is a campaign that focuses on air pollution and the severity of harm that it causes to the health of millions of individuals every year. Giving people the opportunity to learn more about this ongoing issue, as well as to get involved and raise awareness, Clean Air Day 2018 aims to help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

How Can Motorists Reduce Emissions?

One of the main messages of the campaign that has been established to reduce outdoor air pollution is 'Drive into the future and test drive an electric vehicle'. Encouraging motorists to opt for an electrified vehicle is just one part of the crusade but could have remarkable outcomes. With cars, vans and lorries responsible for such a high proportion of air pollution - particularly older diesel models - replacing them with electrified vehicles will significantly reduce pollution.

Motorists have reservations about opting for an electrified vehicle due to the lack of charging facilities available, however the government is investing £500m into electric vehicle infrastructure, meaning charging points will be more accessible. Also, despite electric vehicles (EVs) having higher initial costs in comparison to their conventional equivalents, they have many benefits, from low running costs, to cheaper road tax, meaning their costs over a lifetime are a lot less than most people think. More and more automotive brands are bringing out electrified models, in addition to developing electric or hybrid versions of their current models, so the range available is better than ever before.

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Alternative Fuel Types

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    EVs run on an electric motor rather than a conventional combustion engine and are becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst motorists now the range available is increasing.

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    Using both a petrol engine and an electric motor to power the car, HEVs incorporate both technologies simultaneously and do not have to be plugged in to be charged. Power lost through braking is used to recharge vehicles.

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    PHEVs are powered by both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. PHEVs can be recharged using an external electric power source or by using the engine as a generator to charge the vehicle up.

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    MHEVs use a mild hybrid system that works by gathering and storing energy which is normally lost through braking and is redeployed to assist the combustion engine. This system drastically improves vehicle fuel economy.

Other ways motorists can reduce emissions

Check tyre pressures

Driving with underinflated tyres causes the vehicle to use more fuel, which produces more air pollution. Ideally, tyres should be checked every two weeks to ensure they are at the optimum pressure.

Swap your car

Older models emit more emissions than their modern-day equivalents, so consider using a scrappage scheme that has been set up to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution. Stratstone's scrappage scheme offers up to £7000 for your old car, which you can put towards a newer, more economical vehicle.

Change your driving style

Changing gears earlier, staying in a lower rev range and braking sooner and less harshly are all factors that will have a significant impact on the level of emissions being emitted whilst you are driving. Setting up a telematics device in your car will allow you to track and monitor your 'driving style'.

Avoid driving where necessary

It seems obvious but leaving the car at home is the best way to reduce emissions. Could you walk or cycle instead? Maybe you could combine two trips in one or arrange to car share where possible.

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