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Everyone can help to reduce air pollution. This is especially important when pollution levels are high.
On the road.
Road vehicles are a major source of many pollutants in urban areas. They are responsible for over 50% of the emissions of nitrogen oxides and over 75% of carbon monoxide emissions in the UK.
Before using your car, ask yourself:
Do I really need to make this journey?
Could I walk or cycle instead of taking the car?
Could I take a bus or train?
If you must drive:
Drive smoothly. You'll save fuel, and your engine will also emit less pollution.
Don 't rev your engine unnecessarily.
Maintain your car. Keep the engine properly tuned and the tyres at the right pressure.
Buy water-based or low-solvent paints, varnishes, glues and wood preservatives.
Avoid burning solid fuels if possible. If you live in a smoke control area, burn only authorised (smokeless) fuels.
Don't light a bonfire while pollution is high. Never burn plastic and rubber.