Eco - Safe Driving.........Greener motoring


Eco - safe driving is a style of driving that contributes significantly to road safety, the impact on the environment, reducing fuel consumption and reducing wear and tear on the vehicle. All new drivers are encouraged to drive in a style that is Eco- friendly and this has now been introduced into the driving test by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.






Take a closer look at the following recommended tips and you will become aware how we can all make a difference to reducing emissions and also reducing the overall cost of motoring.


1

Drive defensively at all times, anticipate road conditions well ahead. Avoid over acceleration and heavy braking.

This can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 15% and reduce wear and tear on the vehicle

2

Gear change before 2000rpm in a petrol car and 2500rpm in a diesel car. Block gear change where appropriate.

This all helps to reduce fuel consumption.

3

Engines are at their most efficient between 45-60 mph.

Fuel consumption and emissions are much lower                                                                 At 80mph you could be using 20% more fuel than at 70mph

4

Don't leave the engine idling on a cold day.

This uses unnecessary fuel and increases emissions

When queuing or in a traffic jam switch off the engine if you expect to be stationary for a while.

5

Plan your journey carefully,

Plan the best possible route.

Travel out of rush hour to avoid congestion

6

Avoid short journeys, walk or cycle if that is an alternative option.

Pollution is worst when the engine is cold, fuel consumption is much higher and emissions much greater

7

Keep tyres correctly inflated.

Under inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption and emissions by 5%

8

Keep the use of air conditioning to a minimum.

Air conditioning significantly increases fuel consumption

9

Avoid carrying unnecessary weight in the vehicle.

Cut wind resistance, a full roof rack increases fuel consumption by 30%

10

Maintain your vehicle regularly.

Maintain its efficiency and reduce the risk of breakdown