Motorists can contribute to improving air quality, and save money on fuel costs, by using eco-driving techniques.
5 Easy Eco-driving tips
Where it is safe and legal to do so,
- Maintain a steady speed, using the highest gear possible to keep your engine working at its most efficient.
- Shift into a higher gear as soon as possible; between 2000rpm and 2500rpm.
- Accelerate smoothly and decelerate smoothly by taking your foot off the accelerator, leaving the car in gear. Modern engines don’t use fuel under these conditions
- Anticipating traffic flow to avoid unnecessary gear changes
- Switch off the engine at short stop (less than one minute)
- Save money on fuel – Eco-Driving fuel costs are typically 10% lower.
- Reduce vehicle maintenance costs.
- Reduce local air pollution.
- Reduce your impact on Climate Change.
If your vehicle is not equipped with a revcounter, use your speed as a guide to gearchanging:
- 1st gear: to set off
- 2nd gear: up to 15 mph
- 3rd gear: 15 – 25 mph
- 4th gear: 25 – 30 mph
- 5th gear: 30 mph+