Cleaner air emissions for 2019 10/06/19

Drivers of older diesel cars could be charged as much as £50 a day just to drive into central London as Westminster council are trying to create a £1million “clean air for schools” fund. The push on cleaner air emissions is long overdue and it’s good to be aware of the things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Car Call are not only highly experienced in accident management, we also care about the environment. We looked into how we can advise our readers and customers to ensure that they are producing the smallest amount of emissions possible.

The simplest way to keep your carbon footprint low would be to scrap your diesel engine and buy an electric car, or better yet, take public transport, cycle or walk! However, for most of us a car in a necessity and not everyone can afford to buy a brand new electric car, so we have some other suggestions.

Any car made after 1992 will have a Euro Emissions standard, which lets you know the emissions it produces and in what quantities - however the actual emissions a car emits can vary according to the way you drive, the fuel you use and the maintenance of your car.

Below are little things you can do to reduce your emissions as much as possible to keep our air clean, and increase your fuel economy helping you save money as well.

Premium Fuels

The premium fuels you see at the pump, even though more expensive, contain cleaning agents that help remove any dirt from the engine, in turn this can improve fuel efficiency and reduce some emissions. These types of fuels also can improve the overall performance of your car - it is definitely worth trying a better fuel to treat your car and treat the air. In addition cleaning agents in your fuel systems help clean dirt out the engine and lower the emissions. Usually you can buy these cleaning agents at any petrol station and the bottle is just emptied into your fuel tank. You should try to use these every 3 to 6 months to keep your engine clean.

Your Driving

Using lower gears decreases fuel efficiency, in turn increasing emissions. Consider changing gear earlier and not letting the rev counter get too high as you drive. Braking earlier and slowing down will also reduce wear on your engine, tyres and brakes.

Aerodynamic Efficiency

Things like roof racks, roof boxes or even a really dirty car can increase wind resistance which means you will be producing more emissions. If you aren’t using these items you should consider taking them off.

Change your Oil

You should be checking your oil every few weeks and changed regularly, this helps massively for not just emissions but also to protect your engine. In addition you should be having annual services to replace oil and filters.

Air Filters

Change your air filters, when these get clogged up with dirt they stop the airflow within the engine. If an engine cannot get enough air to it then deposits will build up and this can cause wear and tear and force the engine to work harder, creating more emissions.


It goes without saying you should be checking your tyres regularly; tyres play a huge role in keeping your emissions and fuel usage down. According to Michelin a tyre can lose up to 1psi a month. You should be checking your tyres monthly to make sure they are as full as they need to be. Low tyre pressure can increase fuel consumption up to 20%. If you are buying new tyres you should also consider that you can get tyres with low rolling resistance- this would also help reduce further emissions.

Air Conditioning / Windows

Using the air conditioning in your car can really take a toll on the engine’s emissions, even having windows open will increase wind resistance. Air conditioning makes the engine work harder and in turn uses more fuel, as does having the window open. It is recommended to try and use your air conditioning as little as possible. RAC recommend at least trying to turn your air conditioning off a few miles before you reach your destination so the system will allow cool air to continue circulating via the fans.

Reduce stationary time

Avoiding sitting with the engine running but not actually driving is an obvious but simple way to try and reduce emissions. Similar to ‘Start/Stop’ technology, it’s good to turn the engine off as often as you can, if you are waiting to pick somebody up or waiting for someone to go to the shop, make sure to turn the engine off while you wait. It is also recommended that you turn your engine off at level crossings or in traffic. Contrary to popular belief, sitting stationary for 10 seconds still wastes more fuel than restarting the engine after turning it off.

All information is believed to be correct at the time of publication.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury