TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT – WITH ECO-SAFE DRIVING LESSONS IN STOCKPORT
These days, cars play a major part in our lives; equally, cars have a major impact on the environment – and at Drive Eco, we’re concerned about exhaust emissions from vehicles and their impact on our precious planet.
Eco-Responsible Driving Lessons
Drivers can help to reduce exhaust emissions by driving in a more environmentally responsible way, and we have invested a great deal of time and effort in developing and teaching the principles of eco-safe driving, to include:
• Selective use of gears
• Progressive use of the accelerator
• Compliance with speed limits
• Utilisation of engine braking/torque
• Enhanced hazard perception and awareness skills
Eco-sensible driving techniques
We also recommend to our drivers the following eco-sensible techniques:
1. Idling Don’t idle for more than 30 seconds. Today’s engines don’t need to be warmed up. Prolonged idling creates excess emissions and wastes fuel. Start the car and immediately drive away.
2. Acceleration Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. Sudden, jerky starts waste fuel and put undue strain on the engine.
3. Gear-changing Change gear as early as possible at a modest engine speed – between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. This can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.
4. Forward Planning Look ahead and anticipate when to slow down or stop well in advance.
5. Your driving style Don’t be an aggressive driver. Time studies show that fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic – and accelerating to and from a stop sign or traffic light – doesn’t save much time. However, it does waste fuel and wear out car components such as brakes and tyres.
6. Your speed Drive at posted speed limits. This is a tip that may save a life as well as fuel. EPA estimates a 10-15 % improvement in fuel economy by driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph. On major highways, use cruise control whenever possible.