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Can't avoid driving this weekend? Carbuzz.co.uk's James Hind explains how to make it a little greener @car_buzz

Can't avoid driving this weekend? Carbuzz.co.uk's James Hind explains how to make it a little greener @car_buzz

The environmental impact of cars, from dependency on fossil fuels to the pollution created during manufacture, are well documented. But with train fares rising and electric cars commanding prices beyond the means of most, cars remain the mode of transport of choice for most. 900 million are already on the road in the UK alone and experts are predicting a jump to 1.1 billion by 2020. 98 per cent of these will be dependent on fossil fuels. Clearly, that’s a situation that won’t do the planet any favours, and with peak oil said to be imminent, just keeping them all running is going to be a tough call. Fuel costs are already shooting up, with many finding that keeping their motor on the road means handing over ever growing wads of cash to the likes of BP. Expensive to run and far from green, cars are the ultimate hard-to-break habit. But while avoiding them altogether is tough...

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