As a resident of Darwin Green we are giving you free car club membership and £50 driving credit! (Which must be used within 6-months of signing up). To claim your free membership and driving credit, please complete our short travel survey.
Visit the Enterprise Car Club website for information on how the car clubs work, including, how to reserve a vehicle and protocol for unlocking and using the car.
Car travel Top Tips
Car travel can be expensive and if you’re concerned with the cost of fuel? Here are some top tips on driving more economically:
Service! Regular servicing is important in ensuring your car is working to its best efficiency.
Under Pressure? Make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure. Check regularly and particularly before long journeys. Under inflated tyres can increase your drag when driving, thus, increasing your fuel consumption.
What a drag! Still got that roof box on the top of your car? If you’re not using it, take it off! Roof boxes and roof racks can really increase the drag when driving.
Stop hanging around! Don’t sit with the vehicle idling, turn the engine on just as you’re ready to leave for your trip.
Prepare like a pro! Plan your journey before you leave – this can help eliminate some unwanted surprises such as planned road closures.
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Car clubs are a great alternative to second car ownership as you can eliminate the expense of running and maintaining a vehicle. With car clubs you can hire vehicles by the hour, 24/7 and more often than not this is all controlled by an app on your smart phone!
No need to head to a car hire depot, just pick one of these cars up in one of the many locations across Cambridge with your nearest (operated by Enterprise Car Club being an 11- minute walk away on Wentworth Road
Did you know that the average person could save £1,000 per year on average by sharing journeys? So, why not share your regular journey with someone else to start saving money. Sign up for free to CarShare.co.uk and search for others that make the same or similar journey and advertise yourself as either a passenger or a driver. Not only are you saving money, but you’re also helping reduce pollution and congestion too! To work out how much money you could save by sharing your journeys, head to the CarShare calculator. FAQ’s about lift sharing can be found here.
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Electric and hybrid vehicles are increasing in popularity and with constant improvements in technology, they are also becoming more practical. Days of the dreaded ‘range anxiety’ are long gone with car batteries having a longer range than often required (did you know that most car journeys in the UK are under 15 miles long!) Here are some of the overall benefits of switching to electric;
- Cheaper to run – when compared to petrol or diesel, electricity is cheap! Typically running an electric car could cost a third less than a traditional car could cost.
- Maintenance – Not only will you find electric vehicles cheaper to run but the maintenance costs tend to be less too. With electric engines, there are less moving parts, therefore potentially fewer things to go wrong!
- Environmental issues – Now of course there are still related emissions when it comes to the production of the car and the electricity production to power it, however, electric vehicles don’t produce emissions when running. Roadside air can be significantly improved if more people make the switch!
- Tax savings – The government are actively encouraging people to make the switch and are promoting this through tax savings – particularly if you have a company car.
Find out the cost savings you could possibly make through this savings calculator. For all the information you could possibly require on EV’s and hybrid vehicles including FAQ’s and the opportunity to book a test drive, take a look at the Go Ultra Low website. https://www.goultralow.com/#videos
Plug-in – EV Car Charging
There are several EV charging points available across Cambridge; Grafton East Car Park – East Road, CB1 1PS Queen Anne Terrace Car Park – Gonville Place, CB1 1ND Cambridge Science Park – CB4 0WG Addenbrooke’s Hospital – CB2 0QQ If you’re travelling further afield and need to find EV points, visit Zap Map or download the Zap Map app for free on iOS and Android devices.
The Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles are providing grants to help with the cost of both low emission vehicles and the installation of charging points at home. To find out more visit the Gov.uk website.