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Transportation Options

Most Tasmanians travel every day or almost every day. You can save money and energy by making a few smart choices about the trips you make.

  • Plan your trips. Where practical, combine two or more trips into one.
  • Before a trip, consider which transport option is the most appropriate; walking, cycling, public transport, or driving.

Public Transport

Public Transport is a good way to reduce the energy you use, and it is a great way to combine a short walk into your journey.

Cycling and Walking

Cycling and walking are the best transport options for short journeys. Both cycling and walking are extremely efficient, and have social and health benefits. Commuting on a bicycle is cheaper than either public transport or a car, and depending on the route, can often be quicker, especially when parking for the bike is on-site, and the car parking isn't.

Cars

Most of our travel is done using cars, so this is an area where a few changes can make a big difference.

Choosing a vehicle

When it comes time to replace your vehicle, consider what size vehicle you really need. In general, heavy vehicles use more fuel than lighter vehicles.

Most cars use unleaded petrol, but diesel and LPG vehicles of the same size and power are more efficient. Hybrids and electric-only vehicles are now genuine options to consider too.

You can use the Green Vehicle Guide to help you choose your next vehicle.

Car Pooling

Ask the people you work with if they'd be interested in car pooling, or ask the HR department if there is a Car Pooling scheme, or try the Cool Pool website.  When people share a car trip, there are huge savings in energy and costs.

Driving Tips

A very easy and extremely effective way to save money and energy is to slightly change your driving style.  As a bonus, some of these tips also reduce the likelihood you'll be in a crash.

  • Drive smoothly, especially in urban areas where your speed varies often.
  • Slightly reduce your cruising speed on open roads.
  • Use Cruise Control on open roads.
  • Always ensure your tyres are correctly inflated.
  • Have your engine serviced regularly.
  • Where possible, take your journey at non-peak times.