*includes cost of purchase, road tax etc (Source: UK Department of Transport, 2006)
Why do we persist in using cars when they are the most expensive mode of travel available to us? Can you think of three reasons?
The costs to our pockets are clear but what about the impacts of these differing fuels on the environment. All of the above involve the use of fossil fuels to widely varying extents. Burning these fuels produces carbon dioxide that contributes to the Greenhouse Effect and climate change.
|Passenger transport mode 2003 (in billion passenger kilometres) |
|Cars||Buses and coaches ||Rail|
(Source: UK Department of Transport, 2006)
To find the answer to the above question, make a pie chart for each row of the table. You can do this quite quickly if you copy and paste the table into a spreadsheet program. Can you also find which country uses rail the most? And which country uses buses the most?