School Run Still Hot TopicWednesday, 12/09/2012
UK motorists have experienced the chaos that can be the school-run; the whole subject raises emotions and opinions. In addition, many parents do not realise how much their annual fuel bills are increased by driving the kids right to the school gates.
And it is not just the extra driving that causes the rise in fuel consumption but things like congested roads, cold starts and short journeys which can all make your engine run less efficiently. Tests have been carried out by What Car? on four of the most popular family cars and found that the miles per gallon figure was effectively halved in most cases by these adverse driving conditions.
You car engine takes a minimum of 10 minutes to fully warm up and so if you are constantly doing short trips less than this it will mean a higher fuel consumption, especially in traffic. After the tests the figures showed that the average car was around 15% less efficient on the majority of school runs, which translates into approximately 20% more CO2 emissions per car per journey.
This is even truer for gas-guzzling SUVs that are the weapon of choice for many families these days; plus these taller cars may offer a more serious problem on the school run. Some teachers are worried that pedestrians, particularly children, may be more likely to die or suffer a serious injury in an accident involving SUVs than other cars.
It may be worth shopping around for a smaller vehicle that is good around town for the school run.
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