Eco driving is a term used to describe energy efficient use of vehicles. It is a great and easy way to reduce fuel consumption from road transport so that less fuel is used to travel the same distance.
Not only will you save fuel by about 15%, by driving smoothly, but you will also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle and reduce pollution.
Good forward planning will reduce the emissions being dispersed into the air and cause less environmental pollution
Green Band Driving
Most large vehicles have a rev counter that is divided into coloured bands. This helps you to drive in the most fuel efficient way and avoid damage to the engine.
The green band is the one giving adequate torque and power with the optimum fuel economy.
You should ensure that maintenance schedules are strictly followed, and that filters are changed regularly, exhaust emissions meet current regulations and diesel injectors are operating efficiently.
Energy saving tyres
Less fuel will be used to move your vehicle at the same speed if you use a tyre with reduced rolling resistance, compared to one of normal construction.
Wind deflectors direct the wind either around or over your vehicle. Your vehicle then requires less power to make progress against the wind. As a result your vehicle will use less fuel.
Road-friendly suspension reduces the vibration caused by the impact of the wheels on road surfaces and bridges
Check tyre pressures frequently at least once a month and before driving at high speed
If possible turn off your engine when parked. Not only does this benefit the environment it is also considerate, especially in urban areas.
Reversing beeper & horn
It is an offence to operate an audible warning system on a roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or under between 11.30 pm and 7 am unless in immediate danger.
Have some consideration for the residents and don’t disturb them with excessive noise.
Plan your journey before you set out. This can help to make it much easier, more pleasant and ease traffic congestion. Look at a map or use an on-line route planner to help you do this.
Try and avoid busy city centres’ by using bypasses. You are more likely to travel at a constant speed on a bypass which will benefit the environment.