Eco Driving

Eco Driving Tips

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Keep your car well serviced and check the oil level regularly. Correctly maintained cars can operate more efficiently and help reduce CO2 emissions

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Check your tyre pressure every month. Under-inflated tyres can increase your fuel consumption by up to 4%.

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Remove unnecessary weight from your boot or back seats. The heavier the car, the harder the engine has to work and the more fuel it consumes.

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Keep windows shut, especially at higher speeds, and remove empty roof racks. This reduces wind resistance and can lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10%

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Use air conditioning only when necessary. Unnecessary use increases fuel consumption and CO2 by up to 5%

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Start driving soon after starting the engine and turn off the engine when stationary for more than one minute. Modern engines enable you to just get in and go, thus reducing fuel consumption.

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Drive at reasonable speeds and above all, drive smoothly. Every time you accelerate or brake suddenly, your engine uses more fuel and produces more CO2.

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When accelerating, change up gears as early as possible. Higher gears are more economical for fuel consumption

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Try to anticipate traffic flow. Look at the traffic as far ahead as possible in order to avoid unnecessary stopping and starting within the flow of traffic

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Consider car sharing for work or leisure. You will help reduce congestion and fuel consumption

Eco Driving Benefits

Reduced fuel costs

Petrol and diesel prices have reached new records recently, and wasted fuel is no longer something businesses and private drivers can ignore. The MPG Marathon proves not only is car choice important, but that correct driver training can help save substantial fuel costs, too.

Winning teams at last year’s event bettered manufacturer figures by 24% in the car class, with a Peugeot 208 GTi, and an impressive 38.62% for the best performing van, a Ford Fiesta Sport Van.

With the right training, fleets can slash their fuel costs by 15%.

Reduced environmental impact

Never have companies had a more apparent responsibility to do their bit to save the environment. No matter how big or small your fleet, greener driving means instant, cost-free reductions in carbon emissions, in turn helping to slash the environmental impact of day-to-day business.

Lower insurance costs

Eco-conscious driving is also safer. Erratic drivers don’t only use more fuel, they’re more prone to accidents, too. The MPG Marathon encourages gentle, considerate and smooth driving, contributing to a safer fleet, lower insurance costs and less chance of having cars out of action for repairs.

Reduction in stress levels

More relaxed driving also has benefits for employee health. Erratic driving causes stress levels to rise, which can affect concentration, make drivers tired and increase the risk heart problems. Encourage drivers to slow down and take it easy on the road, and you’ll have a happier, healthier and more productive fleet.