Winter is officially here, which means cars covered in frost and, who knows, maybe even thick layers of snow.
We all know how long it can take to defrost a car and with the prospect of frost and snow nearing, getting going in the morning will only take longer! Not to mention that when you do finally get on the road, driving in icy and snowy conditions can often prove difficult if not dangerous. So we have to ask, is driving during winter really worth all the stress that comes with it?
Why not consider public transport instead? It might be a bit chilly to get started, walking or cycling to and from the bus stop/ train station, but it’s good exercise and will warm you up in no time. Plus trains and buses run regularly with heating that’ll warm you up as soon as you sit down- you’ll even have your hands free to enjoy a cup of your favourite hot beverage!
There are endless benefits to using public transport, but here are a few which we think are most important:
- Reduced travel expenses: Public transport is usually thought of as being more expensive than owning a car, but that assumption is often wrong. The cost of owning a car doesn’t stop at the amount you pay for it, nor with the amount of insurance you have to pay, because added to that is the cost of MOTs, tax, fuel and parking spaces. Not to mention the depreciation in value over time. When you really think about it, a season ticket for the bus or train could save you a lot of money.
- Increased physical activity: During winter keeping up with an exercise regime is understandably much harder, so cycling or walking (running if you really feel like it!) to the bus stop or train station will help ensure you stay fit and healthy until the weather perks up. In fact, research suggests that the average person can drop more than six pounds in a year just by taking the train or bus instead of the car!
- Reduced stress: Travelling by bus or train allows you to focus on your work schedule and to get yourself organised before arriving at the office, so any outstanding matters from the previous day can be sorted before the next one officially starts. If you’re organised already then why not take the opportunity to relax by taking a nap or by reading – whatever works for you.
- Reduced road congestion: With more and more people travelling by public transport and less by cars the amount of traffic on the roads will significantly reduce, resulting in less congestion, quicker travel times and an overall better quality of life for all of us. Think about it, if we all hopped on board the train or bus as apposed to occupying a car alone, the space that would be made on our roads would be definitely be noticed.
- Improved air quality: Public transport produces less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide for every passenger kilometre travelled compared with a car, also, with Arriva’s recently updated service 1 busses, technology looks to be tackling climate change.
And if you’re still not convinced about taking public transport, here are a few handy hints to get you started:
- Start small: If you’re not sure how public transport works why not set yourself a goal of using the bus or train just once a week for now? Before you know it you’ll have it all figured out!
- Plan your trip: Making sure you’ve looked at the timetable and route-map before you set off can help take the uncertainty out of using public transport, and can also help you to calculate the fastest and best route for you.
- Buy fare saver tickets: Off-peak tickets, returns and weekly or monthly season tickets are often much cheaper than single ride tickets.
So what are you waiting for? Hop on that bus or train!