As a professional driver, you have a responsibility to use your vehicle in a manner that’s sympathetic to the environment. Your company may have tracking equipment onboard recording your driving methods, which you may or may not be aware of.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
If you follow the principles of driving with eco-awareness, you’ll become a more environmentally friendly driver.
I’ve been driving years, I don’t need someone to tell me how to drive ECOsafe!!
We all pick up bad habits, and not be aware of, these bad habits can be picked up, and nobody likes to get warnings, for example you transport manager, or worse enforcement authorities. Get yourself on one of our CPC courses, we will help you make your company goals.
- Your journeys will be more comfortable for you, and you could considerably reduce the amount of fuel your vehicle uses (yes, the cost save you lots on my own car fuel costs), thereby reducing those emissions that damage the atmosphere, as well as saving on fuel costs. You’ll also be setting a professional example to other road users.
Have you received any comments from customers, clients, or even your boss saying “what a professional driver, an example to other drivers, a credit to your company”?
- One of the main ways to be an ecosafe driver is to plan ahead, so that you’re prepared for potential hazards. Your ecosafe driving instruction will show you the ways in which this is done in practice, while keeping in mind your safety and that of other road users as you’re driving.
- (E)very time you move off, do so smoothly – avoid harsh acceleration.
- (C)hange down to the appropriate gear, but wait while speed decreases.
- (O)n acceleration, try to skip gears where you can.
- (N)ever leave it to chance – maintain your vehicle in good condition.
- (O)bserve and keep within the rev counter green zone.
- (M)inimise brake use – plan ahead and keep monitoring road conditions.
- (Y)our speed should remain constant when possible.
Eco Safe Driving
Transport currently accounts for 20 % of all air pollution emissions in the world. Eco-safe driving is not about driving at lower speeds (although this would undoubtedly help to reduce fuel consumption and accidents) it is more about avoiding senseless wastage of fuel through acceleration or braking, inefficient use of the gears and speeding (i.e. exceeding permitted limits or driving at speeds unsafe for the prevailing conditions). The skills required for hazard perception, defensive driving and progressive driving play a big part in Eco-safe driving as they will help you avoid inefficient use of the accelerator, brakes and gears through better awareness, anticipation and planning.
- Minimisation of harsh or rapid acceleration. Whenever it is safe to do so, gradually increase speed by gently depressing the accelerator.
- Engagement of higher gears as soon as possible without labouring the engine. Avoid engaging unnecessary intermediate gear changes so that you can move quickly engage higher gears or delay engaging lower gears. Modern vehicles are designed to deliver power even when engine revs are quite low and provided you haven’t lost momentum as you slow down you will be surprised how late you can leave a downward gear change without risking an engine stall.
- Minimisation of harsh braking or unnecessary stopping. Look well ahead and if you see that you will need to reduce speed, do it gradually using engine braking rather than applying the brake at the last minute. Gradually adjust your speed to time your arrival at meet situations or when turning right such that you can potentially maintain progress and avoid having to stop. Similarly, you can do this when emerging from a give way junction provided you have a good view of the junction.
- Look well ahead to see what is happening, to ensure that any acceleration now will not be wasted a little later on because you have to brake. Let gravity aid you so that if you are going down hill you may find you can fully release pressure on the accelerator and still maintain a safe speed.
DON’T DO THIS!
- Rev-up the engine whilst waiting to move off.
- Use excessive acceleration to move off at speed as if competing in a race.
- Peak the revs in each gear to obtain maximum acceleration.
- Remain in lower gear unnecessarily
- Change down the lower gear unnecessarily.
- Tailgate vehicles resulting in continual harsh braking and acceleration.
- Wait until the last minute to react to hazards including junctions ahead by braking harshly.
- Rush to overtake at each and every opportunity even on congested roads where little benefit will be gained.
- Miss good opportunities to use selective gear changing.
- Miss good opportunities to use slight speed adjustments to maintain progress rather than having to stop.
Eco Driving Tips
We also recommend the following:
- Idling – Don’t idle of more than 30 seconds. Most modern engines don’t need to be warmed up. Prolonged idling creates excess emissions and wastes fuel.
- Accelerating – Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. Sudden, jerky starts waste fuel and put undue strain on the engine.
- Gear-changing – Change gear as early as possible at a modest engine speed. This can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.
- Forward Planning – Look ahead and anticipate when to slow down or stop well in advance.
- 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 vehicle components such as brakes and tyres
- Your speed – Drive at posted speed limits. This is a tip that may save a life as well as fuel.
Wouldn’t it look good on your work record – Calm and professional driver, no accidents, no speeding/parking offences, less ware on vehicle parts, due to excessive driving techniques, lower fuel consumption, no disciplinary letters from management, tracked through tracking equipment.