Eco Safe Driving Tips – Save Money!
Eco Driving Lesson
Fancy saving a few quid?
Eco driving could save you up to hundreds of pounds a year in fuel.
Eco driving is a way of driving that reduces fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and accident rates.
Eco driving is about driving in a style suited to modern technology; smart, smooth and safe driving techniques that lead to approx fuel savings of 5-10%.
When our driving instructors ask our pupils what they think Eco safe driving means, we often get a blank reaction, but once we explain the importance of the subject and the fact that it could save you money we find that the learner driver can easily relate to the subject. We all want to save money and do our bit for the environment!
Our Blackpool Driving School promotes Eco safe driving and we have a whole driving lesson dedicated to the subject, its not important to help the enviroment but you could also get faults on your Practical Driving Test is you don’t adhere to Eco- Safe driving.
We have put together some handy tips to help you improve your Eco Driving…
TOP DRIVING LESSON TIPS FOR ECO DRIVING
CONTROL OF CAR
Move off smoothly; avoid harsh use of the accelerator pedal.
USE OF GEARS
Change gear as soon as possible; diesel cars change up when the engine is at 2,000 revs; petrol cars change up at 2,500. Miss gears out where appropriate, examples are 1st to 3rd 2nd to 4th, 3rd to 5th.
The engine will use up the most fuel when changing up through the gears to the required speed.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Plan your route to avoid know congestion points. Avoid using the car for short journeys; the engine will use more fuel when the engine is cold.
USE OF SPEED
Drive at an appropriate speed to the road traffic and weather conditions. Driving too fast will affect fuel consumption.
SCAN AND PLAN
Look to the limit point, as far as you can see and identify hazards early, this will allow adequate time to react. Use engine braking where possible by taking your foot off the accelerator. The engine will need little if any fuel.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
When stuck in traffic, the engine is idling wasting fuel and adding to CO2 emissions. If it looks like that you are going to waiting for a while, more than 2 minutes; then turn the engine off.
Check tyre pressures often. 25% too low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance by 10% and your fuel consumption by 2%
Get rid of unnecessary weight, remove roof-rack and roof boxes when not needed to reduce air resistance.
Eco Driving Video
Check out this video for some more great tips