The number of vehicles that make up the automotive fleet of the city of Buenos Aires has increased by 20,6% in the last ten years. Since in 2006 there were 1.2 million vehicles and in 2016 there are more than 1.44 million (if we take into account only those registered in the city). For this reason, all porteños face a lot of traffic in the city on a daily basis and are affected by environmental pollution.
Simple actions such as using a motorcycle, betting on less polluting engines or carpooling can help reduce the automobile congestion suffered in Buenos Aires. It is true that living in a big city implies arming yourself with patience and having to invest a lot of time in traffic, but there are ways to optimize the use of the car that can benefit us all:
1º IF YOU TRAVEL ALONE, BUY COMPACT CARS
If you are concerned about quality, the fact that it is small does not mean that it does not have good equipment. There are compact models of all types and budgets that offer maximum comfort without taking up so much space.
2º EXCHANGE YOUR CAR FOR A MOTORCYCLE
Another good option is to use a motorcycle to move around the city. Its advantages are obvious; lower cost, saving time and fuel. Of course, do not forget to always be protected, drive responsibly and have the proper license.
3rd ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
Like public transport, school transport has the great advantage that instead of requiring forty cars of parents taking their children to school, it only takes one van to take them all.
4th ARRANGING WITH OTHER PARENTS. THE FAMOUS "POOL"
Another viable option is to agree with parents of students from your child's school who live nearby to be able to take several children in a single vehicle. They can take turns looking for them and taking them all, instead of using several cars each day. The same applies to co-workers. If anyone lives nearby and they have the same hours, they can arrange to carpool.
5º YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO GO EVERYWHERE BY CAR
Even if you have your own car, this is not always the best transportation option. If you are going to a very crowded place, if there is little parking or if you are going to a party, the best option may be to opt for public transport. Combining the different forms of transport means that we all make a more responsible use of space and public roads.
6th CARPOOOLING A WORLDWIDE TREND
In countries around the world carpooling is becoming more and more popular. The reason for its success is that it is a shared transport system that benefits everyone. How to use? By agreeing with acquaintances. It serves both for city transport and for those of medium or long distance. In this way, you save fuel and travel accompanied while helping to take care of the environment.
7th MIXED TRIPS
It is about combining various forms of transportation to save time and avoid vehicular collapse. You can, for example, use the car to get to a subway or train station and do the rest of the journey on foot. This may seem a bit heavy, but it can help you save time by avoiding getting stuck in traffic.
8TH IF IT IS ECOLOGICAL, BETTER
When buying a car we usually look at aspects such as design, equipment or engine power, but a factor that we should also take into account is how polluting the vehicle is. Some manufacturers in the automotive industry make increasingly economical and smaller-displacement cars precisely to mitigate the impact of vehicle emissions in the atmosphere. Although at the moment, the supply of hybrid vehicles in Argentina is scarce (almost nil). So there is still a lot to do, and buyers are also responsible for making this change happen. When you go to buy a car, get advice on which model pollutes the least.
Starting with this option sometimes costs a bit, but both your physical condition and the environment will appreciate it if you replace the car with the bicycle. It is not necessary that the change be radical, you can choose to make certain trips by car or public medium, and certain by bicycle, depending on the distances you are going to travel. In Buenos Aires, the EcoBici system is a very efficient system that has projects to reach 180 km of bike path by the end of this year.
10TH KEEP YOUR VEHICLE IN GOOD CONDITION
When the condition of our vehicle is not optimal and the maintenance indicated by the manufacturer is not carried out, in addition to reducing its useful life due to premature wear of its components, we can cause it to pollute more since a poorly maintained engine burns more oil than normal and will emit more polluting gases from the exhaust. Another factor is the quality of the fuel; the lower the quality, the higher the environmental pollution.