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Reducing Vehicle Numbers Benefits Health and the Environment
As populations grow and the cost of purchasing vehicles falls, the end result is an increase in the number of vehicles that are on the road. Add to this a population with increasing disposable income and the increased purchasing of goods requiring delivery, and roads in many countries are reaching their limits with regards to the capacity for vehicles on them. Not only are there congestion issues with so many vehicles wanting to use the roads, but those ones powered by traditional combustion engines will produce toxic exhaust gases which are damaging to the health of both people and the environment alike.
As far as people are concerned, fumes from harmful gases such as carbon monoxide given out of a vehicle exhaust pipe can cause health issues such as headaches and sickness when breathed in, and can even cause death if the area is not well ventilated.
The harmful effects on the environment also impact the health of people too along with that of other living creatures. Combustion engine exhausts emit gases such as carbon dioxide which are greenhouse gases and so contribute towards global warming. The combustion process also means solid particulates like soot are released which can coat plant leaves and diminish, or prevent entirely, photosynthesis which is essential for the plant to survive. Some particulates can be deposited on the soil and washed into streams and rivers where they pollute the water, not only impacting the health of fish and other aquatic creatures living in the water, but also getting into the bodies of creatures drinking that water which can impact their immune systems and cause other health problems for them. For much more detailed information about how car pollution can affect the health of people and the environment visit this informative page.
So as well as environmental welfare, it is both directly and indirectly in the interests of people to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads in order to lessen the amount of toxic, harmful emissions that are produced by combustion engines.
There are a number of ways of achieving this, including:
Car sharing. People going to the same place such as those who all work in the same building and live near each other or on the route can share a car rather than all of them travelling in separate cars. This will reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and will save an extraordinary amount of harmful emissions if this was done on a national and global scale. Not only does it benefit the environment, it also saves money on petrol costs too!
Using public transport. Vehicles such as buses and trains will still emit the same level of hazardous exhaust fumes whether they contain one passenger or fifty. Therefore, more people using public transport instead of their own individual cars will lower the overall total emissions produced.
Using home delivery for groceries and shopping. Although there will still be a lorry or truck involved to deliver the items, it can deliver many customer's orders, which eliminates the need for them to drive their individual vehicles to the store. The amount of pollution produced by this one larger vehicle is likely to be much less than that produced by lots of smaller ones, which results in less overall pollution and damage to the environment.