Try walking all or part of your journey

Car-drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution inside their car as pedestrians so by walking when you can, especially for short journeys, will help to reduce this. This will also help to boost your fitness levels and walking is good for your mental health too.

If you do need to drive, try parking further away from your destination so you can walk some of the journey.

Try taking public transport

Getting the bus or train can really help cut air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road and it’s not as expensive as you might think either, especially when you compare it to the ever-rising fuel prices at the pumps. Remember every single time you leave the car at home you’re making a difference by doing your bit to help reduce pollution across Liverpool.

Choose quieter streets to walk

Taking a side street when walking through a city can cut your air pollution exposure by half. Remember it’s important to stay safe, particularly at night, so try to stick to well-lit areas.

Walk on the inside of the pavement

One of the easiest ways to reduce your exposure to air pollution is to try and walk on the side of the pavement away from the traffic. Air pollution levels can vary substantially even over small distances. Pollution levels next to a busy road can vary from the part of the pavement nearest to the traffic to the part of the pavement farthest away.

The school journey

Walking all or part of your journey to school with your children not only helps reduce exposure to air pollution, it also helps you both to be more active.

Walking more is great for everyone, especially children. It helps to keep them healthy, happy and sets them up for a busy day learning. Walking to school together also sets a good example for your children.

Many schools also have walk or cycle to school initiatives, so it’s a good idea to help support these whenever you can.

Park away from schools and nurseries

Dropping children off near the school gates can be a pretty chaotic experience and it also increases the amount of air pollution around where children gather before and after school.
Parking a good distance away means that children can at least walk some of the way to and from school. It’s good for the air and helps them be more active. It can also help to give you more quality time with the kids.

Turn off your engine when stationary or parked

Leaving your engine running when your vehicle is stationary is called idling. This creates air pollution by increasing the levels of exhaust fumes and harmful gases in the air. You might not know, but it’s actually an offence to leave an engine idling on a public road and it can even result in a fine.
There’s no need to leave your engine running if you’re parked up waiting for someone or you’re in traffic and haven’t moved for a while. Idling wastes fuel and can increase wear and tear on your engine.
So by switching off your engine, when it’s practical and safe to do so, you’ll help protect your health, save money and reduce air pollution.

Smoother driving can help reduce pollution

Making some small changes to the way you drive can have a significant impact on the amount of emissions you produce.

A good place to start is trying to drive more smoothly by avoiding unnecessary braking and acceleration (these things both increase the amount of fuel you use). Keeping a greater distance between yourself and the car in front can help with this, as it should reduce the amount of time you need to use the brake.

Another fuel-saving idea is trying to shift up earlier to a higher gear as driving at lower revs helps to reduce fuel consumption. All these changes add up, so if you can drive at a reasonable speed, keep your vehicle well maintained and make sure your tyre pressures are right, then you really can make a difference to yourself and the air we breathe.

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If you’re buying a car, think about a less polluting model

Changing cars can be a great opportunity to choose a more economical vehicle that can reduce the amount of money you spend on fuel and the amount of pollution you create.

When you’re looking at cars, be sure to look at which ones produce less emissions. A good example of this would be choosing petrol car over a diesel, as petrol vehicles produce less emissions.

It’s also worth having a look at low-emission cars like electric, plug-in hybrid or LPG. These cars are the future and are rapidly becoming much more affordable, as prices are coming down, a number of grants are available and their running costs are lower. Find out more here: