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motoring guide Ride Share: 5 topics to address Planning your commute for positive environmental impact before you share a ride Cycling to work gets you active and helps the environment. Australia generates about 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making us one of the world's largest polluters per capita. Our 2012 national emissions were around 24.4 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per person. Only a few countries in the world rank higher - Bahrain, Bolivia, Brunei, Kuwait and Qatar. Vehicle emissions account for about 8 per cent of the total carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Simple changes to your journey can help you be more efficient, so here are some helpful tips. When you're out and about: • Car pool on one or more occasions each week. • Make use of Park and Ride facilities • • • • • to use the bus or train to get to work Use your local small bus services to get around your local area If you've got lots of little trips, plan to do them on the one occasion out of peak hour Shop locally whenever possible to support local business and reduce travel costs and time Try walking your kids to or from school sometimes: you can teach them pedestrian safety and add to daily exercise Get active and walk or cycle on short trips. Ride Share platforms are becoming popular. So what happens when you’ve found someone to share a ride with and you’re ready to go, but are you both on the same page about your expectations? To avoid conflicts during your rideshare, especially if it’s a long trip, make sure you ask the right questions before you go! Here are five topics to address and questions to clarify before your trip. 1. Arrival time and flexibility How flexible are you on your arrival time to your desired destination? Make sure you clarify the route and expected arrival time before you head off. 2. Smoking If you’re a smoker driving with an anti-smoker, make sure to set the expectations from the start to avoid conflicts during the trip. How many breaks will you need? Is smoking allowed in the car? 3.  Eating and drinking in the car Make sure you know what the rules are around eating and drinking in the car and what stops you’ll be taking. 4. Music Can’t stand Rihanna but suddenly find yourself listening to ‘Work, work, work, work, work’ for your daily commute? Or maybe your driver likes to blast the music so loud that your ears feel like they will never hear the same way again? Make sure you enjoy the same music and agree on the volume beforehand to avoid conflicts later on! 5.  Medical Conditions and Emergency Contacts If you ride share with someone, you should both have an awareness of any possible medical conditions, such as allergies, that could come up during the trip. You don’t want to accidentally offer your passenger a home-made cookie which contains nuts resulting in an anaphylactic shock and no idea how to handle the situation or where the epi-pens are kept! Exchange emergency contact information and make sure you’re all aware of any potential medical conditions that could affect the journey. Don’t get left out in the cold Winter is when your car battery is prone to failure. When you turn the ignition key to start your car, everything depends on the battery hidden somewhere in your car's engine compartment. Batteries don't have to work too hard in the summer, but when the temperature drops and the winter chill sets in, stay alert because it's that time of the year that your precious battery is prone to failure. The NRMA knows all about people being stranded by bad batteries, with NRMA patrols attending close to 400,000 calls for assistance for battery-related problems last year. So, what can you do to avoid a car battery breakdown in winter? The NRMA recommends that car owners start paying close attention to their batteries after three years of installation. If your battery is starting to go, the first thing you'll probably notice is that the car sounds sluggish when trying to start. This is a major warning sign that shouldn't be ignored. But if you hear sluggish sounds when you start up your car, do not immediately assume that the battery needs replacing. Check that the battery connections are tight and that the wires are not broken or disconnected. Also ensure that your terminals are clean - you can get them TATE’s Riverstone TYRE & BRAKE SERVICE cleaned regularly during every major service by your mechanic. If your battery has caps, remove them and check that the fluid inside is about 5mm above the plates, or between the levels as indicated on the battery case. If low, top up with de-ionised water and avoid overfilling. Mop up any spillage. Some batteries are permanently sealed and do not require maintenance, so you won't be able to check the fluid if this is the case. If none of this reveals the source of the problem, you will need to get your battery tested and maybe replaced. FROM $349 includes ѕ䀘ɝ)1͕5ÌI%ѥ)1% 9MI=9P9 I-IA%IH) HQIU ,QI Q=H)5Ё Ʌ́م(܀((͍չЁQɕ(5])M٥)IٕѽAɅI)ЁѥM٥(=Mɑ5ɹ)I%YIMQ=9(]( ѕȁ (ɽЁI( ɅI(=QՍ )MUAI%=HAI=I59 =I 1AI% )ܹхѕɕ̹Ʌ(!M؀M؁хɐݥѠ, ѕ䀘0ā ɝȸ ؀5M хɐݥѠ, ѕ䀘0ā ɝȸ)靕Ʌ5ѽ(靕ɅMɕа]%9M=H܀)ܹ靕Ʌѽ̹(ā%MMUЀ)U9܀$)M!ݭ͉)ܹ̹ԁQ!́%9A99P