Eco-driving is a measure of driving which was implemented into the UK Driver’s Test in 2008 to teach new drivers about fuel-efficiency consumption, road safety, contribute towards reducing air pollution, and save the driver’s car from wear and tear. Below, we have provided further information to guide you through the process of becoming an energy-efficient driver.
There are ways in which you can drive a vehicle to save the wear on your car as well as reduce the fuel consumption on your car. It’s been suggested to drive at moderate speeds so as to avoid over accelerating and exorbitant braking.
To ensure moderate speeds of driving, petrol vehicles should be driven at no more than 2500rpm. Diesel vehicle revs should be no more than 2000rpm. The max speed on freeways and carriageways must not exceed 60mph as the speed of 30mph is the maximum speed in all other areas.
Save On Fuel Consumption
Whenever you have a lot of driving in a day to run your errands, plan the routes accordingly. This way, you can avoid traffic congestion and possible forewarned roadworks. If you’re going anywhere with friends, consider carpooling. Save yourself from unnecessary driving trips. Tempted to use the car air-conditioning? Open the windows instead!
What Car Should I Buy?
You have a few choices of cars to consider that will aid in fuel-efficiency and low CO2 emissions. The number one choice for vehicles that produce no harmful exhaust emissions are the electric cars. These cars are pricey but the long-term goals are what matters.
A hybrid car which was made specifically for reducing harmful CO2 emissions as a way of protecting the environment. Brand new cars produced by manufacturers have to, by law, place an environment label on the car indicating the CO2 emissions the vehicle produces.
For example, ‘A’ is the cleanest and ‘G’ is the most polluting. Look online for the Vehicle Certification Agency where you can check all cars fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
Diesel vehicles emit less CO2 compared to petrol vehicles. It’s better to invest in a diesel vehicle which has a diesel particulate filter. Bio-Diesel vehicles use fuel made from plant compounds to reduce harmful emissions released into the air.
Purchasing a brand new vehicle or upgrading your secondhand vehicle shouldn’t be a rushed buy. Careful planning and research should be done so that you know you’re making a good investment which provides you with fuel-efficiency and minimal contribution to air pollution.
If energy-efficient driving was not introduced to the UK Drivers Test, the belief of the environment not being in danger from the effects of air pollution would not change. Fuel-efficiency consumption is a serious option to consider as the fluctuating fuel prices will always be there. We can reduce harmful CO2 emissions with one driver at a time. Make the right choice, become an eco-driver, save the planet!