Improve Your Fuel Efficiency With Eco Driving
Eco-driving is the term used to describe the energy efficient use of vehicles and it can be a great and easy way to reduce fuel consumption.
Over the last decade, engine technology and car performance has improved rapidly but a majority of drivers have not adapted their driving style to suit. Eco-driving tends to suit modern engines and makes better use of advanced vehicle technologies driving down fuel cost savings, as well as providing greater safety and comfort.
- Before setting off ask yourself if you really need to drive, especially on short journeys where you can walk or cycle. Your engine stays cold when you drive less than two miles and your car will produce 60 per cent more pollution than a warm engine – avoid these short journeys where possible.
- Use alternative green fuels that contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions if possible. Remember never fill the tank right up as this also reduces fuel efficiency.
- Extending your planning and observational skills will help you approach hazards, including roundabouts and junctions, a lot more smoothly without having to brake sharply and accelerate too often. The earlier you plan ahead, the sooner you can prepare to slow down if you need to.
- Making sure you keep to the speed limit not only ensures you avoid the risk of incurring a fine, but also ensures you reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.
- If you drive a manual car use block gear changes on deceleration. For example, go straight into second gear from fifth gear if possible and appropriate – this will save a lot more fuel.
- If it is safe to do so, switch off your engine when you are stuck in a long queue. However, ensure that you remain alert and prepare for traffic to resume.
- Where possible, reverse into a parking bay so when you drive off again you can do so easily. It’s far more efficient and improves visibility.
- Heavy items in your car boot or a roof rack can also increase drag and therefore lower fuel economy – avoid weighing your car down with items you’ll never need. If you're a qualified driver, find out how you could save money by improving fuel efficiency, as well as having a refresher in driving safety and take a look at our Eco driving initiative.
- gain new techniques to make you a safer driver
- learn how you can change your driving style to save fuel
- minimise your environmental impact by being more fuel-efficient
Why Eco driving?
Whether you’re a new driver or an experienced one, Eco driving can help you to:
To learn how to Eco drive:
- book your first lesson at least a week in advance
- take the first in-car lesson with your instructor
- practise the techniques you've learned
- take your second in-car lesson
You can sign up for more Eco driving lessons if you think you have more to learn.