Eco Driving Lesson

You would be a fuel not to follow this advice !!!

Eco driving could save you up to £200 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 average fuel savings of 5-10%.

TOP LESSON TIPS FOR ECO DRIVING

CONTROL
Move off smoothly; avoid harsh use of the accelerator pedal.

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.

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.

TYRE PRESSURE
Check tyre pressures frequently. 25% too low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance by 10% and your fuel consumption by 2%

WEIGHT
Get rid of unnecessary weight, remove roof-rack and roof boxes when not needed to reduce air resistance.

ROUTE PLANNING
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.

Congratulations to Sara Ellis from Shadforth who passed 1st time with only 4 minor faults