Motorists were today urged to clean out their cars and pump up their tyres is a bid to tackle climate change and cut driving costs.
Transport minister Gillian Merron today launched the 'Drive Smarter' campaign that encourages drivers to cut fuel usage by revving the engine less and changing gear earlier. The scheme is first being rolled out in the North East and is hoped to cut CO2 emissions from cars by 8% - or around 200,000 tonnes of CO2 a year - and could save motorists nearly £75m a year in fuel costs. A website launched to accompany the scheme gives drivers tips on cutting fuel usage and a savings calculator to calculate how much a motorist could save by employing the drive smarter techniques. The address is www.dft.gov.uk/actonco2 Environment Secretary David Miliband said the scheme will be rolled out country wide in the spring. He said 'We will be rolling the campaign out in the spring to enable individuals to think about changing their behaviours to adopt a lower carbon lifestyle and help tackle climate change.'