Are you concerned about your impact on climate change while you’re behind the wheel? The car you pick and your driving style both play a role in your overall carbon footprint when you’re on the road.
But, there are steps you can take to limit your impact on the planet. Green car insurance is one way to reduce your emissions. For instance, some temporary car insurance policies are designed with the environment in mind, encouraging drivers to not only share their cars with others but also to reduce the amount of time spent on the road.
There are plenty of advantages that come with green car insurance policies. Still, green car insurance doesn’t mean you’ve been given a carte blanche to drive as much as you want without a care in the world. Creating and driving cars is not the greenest activity out there, as you might imagine. Green car insurance policies aren’t about solving climate change.
Rather, they exist to help you limit the damage your driving causes to the planet. And with the right policy in place, you can take some positive steps to do your part for the planet. So don’t be a fossil fool; read on to find out why you should go for green car insurance and how you can benefit from an eco-conscious policy.
Drive less with a green car insurance policy
Green car insurance can help you limit your mileage. How? Well, with temporary car insurance like Zixty, for example, you only need to pay for the cover that you need. And that can last anywhere between an hour to a few weeks.
So whether you need to borrow your mum’s car to pick up that old rocking chair from Facebook marketplace or you’re thinking about a weekend road trip with your besties, temporary car insurance has your back.
And because you only ever need to pay for a policy when you’re thinking of driving, you’re much more likely to come up with creative ways to avoid it, i.e. by cycling, walking, or even taking public transport when possible. You could limit your mileage and save some cash in the process too, we call that a win-win. It’s a win for you, and it’s a win for the planet too.
Offset your CO2 emissions every time you drive
Some car journeys are necessary. We can’t always walk or cycle or take public transport. And since we all have to get from A to B somehow, why not go for a ride with a reduced environmental impact?
Green car insurance often includes a carbon-offsetting component. With Zixty, for instance, when you enable the free Zixty Miles add-on, we carbon offset your journeys up to 100 miles a day every day while you’re a customer. So you can drive knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.
We also plant a tree every time you take out a policy with us. We love trees. By the way, what did the tree say when you asked it to carbon offset your mileage? Leaf it with me! Getit? No, but seriously, trees are awesome.
Embrace car sharing
Car sharing and Zixty’s green car insurance go together like shakshuka and a Saturday bottomless brunch.
With temporary car insurance, you can borrow a bigger car for those trips where you simply need the extra space. So if you have a DIY project coming up, you could easily borrow your friend’s SUV and get the right cover in place quickly.
That means you don’t have to buy and run a big car just because you think you might need one occasionally. If you know a small hatchback will work for you 99% of the time, what’s the point of running an SUV on the off chance you might need it once in a while?
Instead, you can rely on your support network to borrow a bigger car when you need it. And use eco-conscious temporary car insurance to make it happen.
Ditch car ownership altogether
So many households have multiple cars. Car sharing means you don’t need an SUV for one-off jobs, as well as a couple of small hatchbacks to take you to and from work.
In fact, you might not need multiple cars at all. Or any car for that matter. Temporary car insurance makes it easy to share a car with other members of your household, or social network. For example, if you live with a friend and both of you used to commute, but now one of you mostly works from home, you might be wondering whether you still need the two cars.
The two cars made sense before; you both had jobs to get to and poor public transport links meant you couldn’t really rely on trains or buses. But now, one of you only needs to get to the office once a month. With temporary car insurance, it’s easy to give up the car you no longer need.
And when your # WFH-blessed bestie needs a car, temporary car insurance provides cover quickly. No need to waste money on running a second car that is quickly becoming a permanent fixture on the driveway anyway. Bonus points? Less cars on the road. And in the long term – less demand for cars overall.
Get tailored tips to become a more eco-conscious driver
Some green car insurance policies can help you become a more eco-conscious driver. When you enable Zixty Miles for example, we give you an EcoScore when you drive. This EcoScore shows you how “green” your driving is, by taking into account things like acceleration, braking, cornering and how carefully you’re undertaking these manoeuvres.
If you score on the lower end, the app gives you tips to improve your driving for next time. And if you score on the higher end, you might become a carbon-negative driver. Zixty uses averages to work out your carbon offsetting amount, so driving carefully is a great way to get all miles offset – and more.
So if you need to take that car trip, rev up your engine, get behind the wheel (responsibly), and get ready to do your bit for the planet – one mile at a time!
Support charities that are doing their bit for the environment
Green car insurance policies come in all shapes and sizes. Some car insurance companies make donations to organisations and charities that are involved in eco work.
You buy a policy, and they make a donation on your behalf – designed to contribute towards environmental work. Depending on how the donation is calculated, your CO2 may or may not be offset.
Here at Zixty, we take a similar approach by partnering with Eden Reforestation to carbon offset all your journeys up to 100 miles a day while you’re a customer as long as you enable our free Zixty Miles add-on.
Green car insurance means you could be doing something good for the planet every time you need to make life’s necessary journeys.
The advantages of green car insurance
As you can see, there are all sorts of advantages that come with taking out a green car insurance policy. With the right policy, you can do your bit for the planet, drive less, ditch car ownership altogether, and even become a carbon-negative driver.
That’s where Zixty comes in; so if you’re looking for a temporary car insurance policy designed with the planet in mind, make sure to check us out.