Using your car

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Using your car

Using your car

Driving, especially on your own, can be a costly mode of travel. If you travel by car, it’s worth having a think about your journey habits and considering if you could make better choices in order to reduce your travel and mileage. Any reduction you can make will help you to save fuel, money and reduce your CO2 emissions.

Can you make fewer trips?

It may be that you are making a number of short trips for different purposes. Could you combine these or go out less often? You can find out more on our Reducing travel page.

Can you travel with someone else?

You can find out about car sharing and look for people to car share with in your local area on the Liftshare website

Can you take a better route?

Is there a shorter route or one that avoids traffic? Travel Somerset Journey Planner allows you to check for disruptions on your route. You can view live traffic and travel incidents affecting roads and public transport across Somerset.

Can you travel at a different time?

If you avoid peak travel times you could save yourself a lot of time stuck in stationary traffic.

Can you use a different mode of travel?

There are a variety of possible alternatives to car use. Are you able to walk or cycle to your destination? Are there any trains or buses? Travel Somerset can help you look at the options available to you and help you plan your journey

Driver Training

If you want to be safer on the roads, you could improve your driving skills by taking one of the many courses now available. You can find information about courses including driver awareness training, Speed Choice workshops, Pass Plus and Advanced Driving on the Somerset Road Safety website.

Report problems on the road

Safer journeys depend on having roads which are clear from hazards and obstructions. You can report problems on the road on the Somerset County Council website.

You can also find the latest live traffic information and road works here on Travel Somerset.