IAM: Eco-Driving Cuts Costs And Helps Environment
Benefits Of Eco-Driving
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has emphasised that eco-driving can save money and benefit the environment. The former, of course, is important - but the latter is highly significant. But why? The general consensus is that burning petrol/diesel in internal combustion engines has a negative impact on the planet. It can cause global warming, for example, and pollute the air we breathe. The latter can be a particular problem for those with conditions such as asthma and lung disease, etc. So, imagine that every motorist modifies his/her driving style to reduce fuel consumption by (say) five to ten percent. The benefits could be considerable. The road safety charity has, therefore, revealed an approach that minimises the use of fossil fuels. These relate to throttle control, braking, gear changes, parking and maintenance, etc. The Institute's tips include:
Tips For Eco-Driving
•“Try to brake as infrequently as possible – slow down and take your foot off the accelerator earlier when approaching a queue, junction, roundabout or red traffic lights. Look further ahead so you can start doing things earlier, avoiding so much braking.
•If you get stuck in a traffic jam, switch your engine off while you wait.
•Stick to the speed limit. This offers a fair compromise between economy and getting somewhere efficiently. There’s a significant saving made by doing seventy instead of eighty, as well as avoiding any risk of speeding fines.
•If you are able to do so, use block gear changing (e.g. second to fourth when accelerating, or fifth to second when decelerating). This is more fuel-efficient than working your way through the gears.
•Reverse into parking bays. If you do all the manoeuvring with a hot engine you can drive straight off when you come back and warm the engine up more quickly.
•Check your vehicle regularly to ensure it operates efficiently. In particular, check your tyre tread depth and pressure (tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold, before the air inside them heats up).
•Remove excess weight including roof racks, car clutter and unnecessary items in the boot. The more weight you carry in the car, the more fuel you’ll consume.”
Road Safety Expert Discusses Eco-Driving
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Examiner, Peter Rodger, explained that: “We’ve all got better things to spend our money on than petrol. Green driving can save you up to fifteen on your bills, as well as reducing your carbon emissions.”