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Eco Safe Driving

Chapter 49

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Eco Driving reduces fuel consumption (saving you money!) and gas emissions. Studies have also shown that Eco Driving can help reduce crash involvement dramatically. The most important Eco Driving techniques are stated below:

Anticipating your needs and planning ahead

By planning ahead, you will spend less time in congested traffic.

  • Avoid peak-hour traffic
  • Avoid using your car if you don’t need to - use public transport, carpool, cycle or walk instead

Keeping a steady speed

By maintaining a stable and limited speed, you will use less fuel.

  • Use cruise control when safe (e.g. highways)

Driving less jerky and maintaining a reasonable following distance

Jerky driving leads to higher fuel consumption.

  • Avoid hard or unnecessary acceleration on the road or after traffic lights 
  • Avoid harsh braking
  • Slow down smoothly by e.g. releasing the accelerator and leaving the car in gear rather than manual braking
  • Change gears at lower engine speed to prevent labouring the engine
  • Keep a large enough safety distance to the car in front so you have time to anticipate and react to traffic situations smoothly, and as a result drive less jerky

Vehicle maintenance and other tips

lesson imageTo keep your vehicle roadworthy and efficient you must service it regularly

General tips to reduce the environmental impact of your vehicle:

  • Turn the engine off when stopped for more extended periods
  • Low tyre pressure increases fuel consumption - keep tyres inflated to the highest recommended pressure
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight (e.g. roof racks)
  • Service your car regularly - it saves you money in the long run and reduces the environmental impact of the car
  • Modern vehicles don’t need to pre-heat the engine before starting up