There are no secrets to Eco-Safe driving just good ‘planning’
Plan your journey not only the route but the highways agency for roadwork’s and problems, consider if there is another way of making the journey maybe by public transport.
Plan to anticipate what’s ahead so you allow adequate time and avoid harsh or late braking use smooth acceleration as you pull away.
Plan to keep space around your vehicle, use the two second rule as a minimum and look ten seconds ahead.
Plan to keep you speed suitable for your surroundings as excess speed consumes much more fuel.
Plan to keep in as high a gear as possible, modern cars have very good ‘torque’ at low revs (Torque is power). Use ‘block’ gear changing when ever possible as too many gear changes really increase your fuel consumption.
Plan to keep the wheels moving. If there is traffic ahead or red lights slow up and try to keep moving (a slow roll). This is how the police are trained.
Plan to turn your engine off if stopped in traffic or at crossings. Turn off if waiting for someone or parked up.
Plan to have your vehicle serviced regularly and carry out weekly ‘Flowery’ checks to ensure your car is fuel efficient and does not break down.
Fuel Ensure enough fuel for your journey.
Lights Ensure ALL lights work and no cracked lenses.
Oil’s Check engine oil, brake, clutch and power steering where applicable.
Waters Engine coolant and windscreen washer fluid, use screen wash
Electrics Horn, wipers and other electrics
Rubber Tyres including spare for pressure and condition of wiper rubber
Yourself Are you fit too drive, consider medications as well as alcohol
Across that range we have demonstrated that savings can be achieved between 5% and 17% (averaging 8.5%) in fuel used, and as a result a reduction in the volume of atmosphere polluting chemicals produced.