The idea of “going car-free” is now as common as “going on a date”, but it’s not without its challenges.

Read more Read moreRead moreThe Australian Financial Commission (AFC) has issued guidelines for companies and the public on how to safely manage car trips and avoid being “car-phobic”.

The “Safe Driving” guidelines outline steps companies should take to reduce car-related emissions, reduce their fuel consumption and reduce congestion.

They advise:Do not:Make changes to your vehicle that can lead to the loss of vehicle emissions control;Do not allow passengers to drive the vehicle;Avoid moving or standing in the car at any time;Do NOT:Use or leave the vehicle unattended;Use or use the vehicle in unsafe conditions;Make any change to your car that can cause damage to the vehicle, including the use of a seat belt, while driving it.AFC deputy chair Julie Lakin said the guidelines were “not just about reducing emissions but also about reducing the risk of collisions”.

“We know that accidents are the leading cause of death in Australia and the most expensive in terms of economic cost,” she said.

“So the advice is not just to be car-passing or car-touring but to make the best use of your time and energy, and make the most of the time you have available.”

The ACC is encouraging all companies and people to use these guidelines to minimise car-borne emissions.

The guidelines include:Make sure your vehicle is clean and free of contaminants (including exhaust and brake dust);Clean your vehicle daily;Use the seat belt on the vehicle regularly;Avoid standing in any part of the vehicle or waiting for other vehicles to stop.

The ABC’s Sarah Tulloch reported from Perth on Friday night.

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