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This is my IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of car-free days from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: Car-Free Days

Some people believe that car-free days are effective ways to reduce air pollution. However, others argue that there are other ways that are more effective.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Many today feel that designated car-free days are the optimal method to reduce rising levels of air pollution. In my opinion, despite other viable options, car-free days would be the best remedy.

Critics of this policy argue that governments could instead create laws related to industrial production. Except for automobiles, the main causes of air pollution are resource mining, consumer electronics manufacturing, and textile fabrication. If governments legislated strict controls on production methods, there would be a concomitant decline in air pollution figures. For instance, in many European nations, companies have limited carbon emissions thresholds they can utilize in production and exceeding these numbers results in heavy fines and other penalties. This forward-looking solution is also appealing since it would encompass the entire calendar year, whereas car-free days are more limited in their scope.

However, car-free days would have greater impact due to their far-reaching implications. Firstly, banning cars would massively reduce air pollution figures since cars contribute more harmful gases into the atmosphere than any single industry. Secondly, banning cars would force motorists to find alternative modes of transportation that might then become habits. A person who cannot drive to work once a week, may consider working at home or utilizing public transport. If they find these options more efficient, then they may willingly abandon using their car on other days. Over time, this could begin to shift mindsets in society and individuals might become less obsessed with car ownership as a symbol of wealth and success and start prioritizing efficiency and a cleaner environment.

In conclusion, though regulation of particular industries would also aid in the reduction of air pollution, the banning of automobiles on certain days is the single best solution. Governments should consider implementing and expanding existing policies that prohibit private vehicles.

Analysis

1. Many today feel that designated car-free days are the optimal method to reduce rising levels of air pollution. 2. In my opinion, despite other viable options, car-free days would be the best remedy.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. Critics of this policy argue that governments could instead create laws related to industrial production. 2. Except for automobiles, the main causes of air pollution are resource mining, consumer electronics manufacturing, and textile fabrication. 3. If governments legislated strict controls on production methods, there would be a concomitant decline in air pollution figures. 4. For instance, in many European nations, companies have limited carbon emissions thresholds they can utilize in production and exceeding these numbers results in heavy fines and other penalties. 5. This forward-looking solution is also appealing since it would encompass the entire calendar year, whereas car-free days are more limited in their scope.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
  4. Keep developing it fully.
  5. You can sometimes include the counterpoint here too.

1. However, car-free days would have greater impact due to their far-reaching implications. 2. Firstly, banning cars would massively reduce air pollution figures since cars contribute more harmful gases into the atmosphere than any single industry. 3. Secondly, banning cars would force motorists to find alternative modes of transportation that might then become habits. 4. A person who cannot drive to work once a week, may consider working at home or utilizing public transport. 5. If they find these options more efficient, then they may willingly abandon using their car on other days. 6. Over time, this could begin to shift mindsets in society and individuals might become less obsessed with car ownership as a symbol of wealth and success and start prioritizing efficiency and a cleaner environment.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
  5. Continue your development.
  6. Use a variety of grammar.

1. In conclusion, though regulation of particular industries would also aid in the reduction of air pollution, the banning of automobiles on certain days is the single best solution. 2. Governments should consider implementing and expanding existing policies that prohibit private vehicles.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Make some notes on paper to aid memory and then check below.

Many today feel that designated car-free days are the optimal method to reduce rising levels of air pollution. In my opinion, despite other viable options, car-free days would be the best remedy.

Critics of this policy argue that governments could instead create laws related to industrial production. Except for automobiles, the main causes of air pollution are resource mining, consumer electronics manufacturing, and textile fabrication. If governments legislated strict controls on production methods, there would be a concomitant decline in air pollution figures. For instance, in many European nations, companies have limited carbon emissions thresholds they can utilize in production and exceeding these numbers results in heavy fines and other penalties. This forward-looking solution is also appealing since it would encompass the entire calendar year, whereas car-free days are more limited in their scope.

However, car-free days would have greater impact due to their far-reaching implications. Firstly, banning cars would massively reduce air pollution figures since cars contribute more harmful gases into the atmosphere than any single industry. Secondly, banning cars would force motorists to find alternative modes of transportation that might then become habits. A person who cannot drive to work once a week, may consider working at home or utilizing public transport. If they find these options more efficient, then they may willingly abandon using their car on other days. Over time, this could begin to shift mindsets in society and individuals might become less obsessed with car ownership as a symbol of wealth and success and start prioritizing efficiency and a cleaner environment.

In conclusion, though regulation of particular industries would also aid in the reduction of air pollution, the banning of automobiles on certain days is the single best solution. Governments should consider implementing and expanding existing policies that prohibit private vehicles.

Answers

For extra practice, write an antonym (opposite word) on a piece of paper to help you remember the new vocabulary:

designated car-free days days when you are not allowed to drive your car

optimal method to reduce rising levels of air pollution best way to cut down on lack of fresh air

despite other viable options regardless of other good choices

remedy solution

Critics of this policy argue people who are against this idea

instead create laws related to industrial production better to limit pollution from companies

Except for automobiles with the exception of cars

main causes primary sources

resource mining getting materials like coal out of the Earth

consumer electronics manufacturing making products like iPhones

textile fabrication making clothing

legislated strict controls on production methods make laws to regulate manufacturing

concomitant decline in air pollution figures related fall in numbers for unclean air

limited carbon emissions thresholds only a certain amount you can add to the air

exceeding these numbers results in heavy fines and other penalties going above these figures means you have to pay or receive other punishments

This forward-looking solution is also appealing since the long-term fix is good because

encompass include

entire calendar year whole year

whereas instead of

limited in their scope doesn’t encompass everything

greater impact due to their far-reaching implications more effect because of repercussions

massively reduce air pollution hugely cut down on unclean air

harmful gases into the atmosphere than any single industry air pollution caused by one field

force motorists make drivers

alternative modes of transportation different ways of getting around

habits what you do every day

may consider working at home or utilizing public transport might work remotely or take buses, the metro, etc.

efficient doesn’t waste time or energy

willingly abandon of their own choice stop using

Over time in the long-term

begin to shift mindsets in society start to change how people think and act

individuals might become less obsessed with car ownership as a symbol of wealth and success people might not care as much about how cars boost their self-esteem

start prioritizing efficiency and a cleaner environment care more about saving time and energy and being good for nature

aid in help

on certain days on particular days

consider implementing and expanding existing policies that prohibit private vehicles think about putting in place laws to ban cars

Pronunciation

Practice saying the vocabulary below and use this tip about Google voice search:

ˈdɛzɪgneɪtɪd kɑː-friː deɪz 
ˈɒptɪməl ˈmɛθəd tuː rɪˈdjuːs ˈraɪzɪŋ ˈlɛvlz ɒv eə pəˈluːʃən
dɪsˈpaɪt ˈʌðə ˈvaɪəbl ˈɒpʃənz
ˈrɛmɪdi
ˈkrɪtɪks ɒv ðɪs ˈpɒlɪsi ˈɑːgjuː 
ɪnˈstɛd kri(ː)ˈeɪt lɔːz rɪˈleɪtɪd tuː ɪnˈdʌstrɪəl prəˈdʌkʃən
ɪkˈsɛpt fɔːr ˈɔːtəməʊbiːlz
meɪn ˈkɔːzɪz 
rɪˈsɔːs ˈmaɪnɪŋ
kənˈsjuːmər ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪks ˌmænjʊˈfækʧərɪŋ
ˈtɛkstaɪl ˌfæbrɪˈkeɪʃən
ˈlɛʤɪsleɪtɪd strɪkt kənˈtrəʊlz ɒn prəˈdʌkʃən ˈmɛθədz
kənˈkɒmɪtənt dɪˈklaɪn ɪn eə pəˈluːʃən ˈfɪgəz
ˈlɪmɪtɪd ˈkɑːbən ɪˈmɪʃənz ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊldz 
ɪkˈsiːdɪŋ ðiːz ˈnʌmbəz rɪˈzʌlts ɪn ˈhɛvi faɪnz ænd ˈʌðə ˈpɛnltiz
ðɪs ˈfɔːwədˈlʊkɪŋ səˈluːʃən ɪz ˈɔːlsəʊ əˈpiːlɪŋ sɪns 
ɪnˈkʌmpəs 
ɪnˈtaɪə ˈkælɪndə jɪə
weərˈæz 
ˈlɪmɪtɪd ɪn ðeə skəʊp
ˈgreɪtər ˈɪmpækt djuː tuː ðeə ˈfɑːˈriːʧɪŋ ˌɪmplɪˈkeɪʃənz
ˈmæsɪvli rɪˈdjuːs eə pəˈluːʃən 
ˈhɑːmfʊl ˈgæsɪz ˈɪntuː ði ˈætməsfɪə ðæn ˈɛni ˈsɪŋgl ˈɪndəstri
fɔːs ˈməʊtərɪsts 
ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv məʊdz ɒv ˌtrænspɔːˈteɪʃən 
ˈhæbɪts
meɪ kənˈsɪdə ˈwɜːkɪŋ æt həʊm ɔː ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪzɪŋ ˈpʌblɪk ˈtrænspɔːt
ɪˈfɪʃənt
ˈwɪlɪŋli əˈbændən 
ˈəʊvə taɪm
bɪˈgɪn tuː ʃɪft ˈmaɪndsɛts ɪn səˈsaɪəti 
ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlz maɪt bɪˈkʌm lɛs əbˈsɛst wɪð kɑːr ˈəʊnəʃɪp æz ə ˈsɪmbəl ɒv wɛlθ ænd səkˈsɛs 
stɑːt praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪzɪŋ ɪˈfɪʃənsi ænd ə ˈkliːnər ɪnˈvaɪərənmənt
eɪd ɪn 
ɒn ˈsɜːtn deɪz 
kənˈsɪdər ˈɪmplɪmɛntɪŋ ænd ɪksˈpændɪŋ ɪgˈzɪstɪŋ ˈpɒlɪsiz ðæt prəˈhɪbɪt ˈpraɪvɪt ˈviːɪklz

Vocabulary Practice

I recommend getting a pencil and piece of paper because that aids memory. Then write down the missing vocabulary from my sample answer in your notebook:

Many today feel that d_______________________________s are the o____________________________________________________s o_______________________n. In my opinion, d____________________________s, car-free days would be the best r________y.

C___________________e that governments could i__________________________________n. E_________________________s, the m________________s of air pollution are r_____________g, c_____________________________________g, and t________________n. If governments l___________________________________________s, there would be a c________________________________________________s. For instance, in many European nations, companies have l________________________________________s they can utilize in production and e_______________________________________________________________s. T_______________________________________________e it would e____________s the e________________r, w___________s car-free days are more l_________________e.

However, car-free days would have g_________________________________________s. Firstly, banning cars would m________________________________n figures since cars contribute more h_________________________________________________________y. Secondly, banning cars would f_________________s to find a____________________________________________n that might then become h_______s. A person who cannot drive to work once a week, m_____________________________________________________t. If they find these options more e_________t, then they may w___________________n using their car on other days. O_________e, this could b__________________________________y and i___________________________________________________________________________s and s__________________________________________________t.

In conclusion, though regulation of particular industries would also a_____n the reduction of air pollution, the banning of automobiles o_____________________s is the single best solution. Governments should c___________________________________________________________________s.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic by watching from YouTube below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more about this topic and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-car-free-day/

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Environment

  1. How are environmental problems dealt with in your country?
  2. What can be done to make people recycle more often?
  3. What is the most pressing environmental problem?
  4. Is recycling a common practice in your country?
  5. Are governments or individuals more responsible?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related IELTS essay topics below:

More and more people in developing countries are purchasing cars for the first time.

What problems does this cause?

What do you think are the possible solutions?


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