Eco-driving can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%
Tip 1. Improve your gear changes
- Shift down at approximately 1,000.rpm
- Shift up to the next gear at approximately 2,000rpm in diesel vehicles and at 2,400rpm in a petrol engine.
- At 30mph, you should already be in fourth or fifth gear
Tip 2. Drive smoothly
- Maintain a steady speed as soon as possible (from 40).kph
- Brake with the engine and use your foot brake as little as possible. Allowing the vehicle to slow naturally helps to cut the fuel flow.
- At 30mph in fifth gear, lift off the accelerator 100m before a red light.
Tip 3. Think about how you accelerate
- Up to 30, it is preferable to accelerate briskly up to fifth gear.mph
- At speeds in excess of 30mph, acceleration should be restrained
- Change gear very swiftly up to fifth gear.
Tip 4. Climbs and descents
- Keep to the same speed when going down a hill.
- On an uphill gradient, let the car lose speed, but without becoming obstructing other road-users. If possible, maintain your vehicle at a steady speed above 40kph.
- Use descents to take your foot off the accelerator.
Tip 5. Use your motor smartly
- Turn off your engine if you stop for more than 30 seconds.
- Do not preheat your engine even in winter.
- Pull away as soon as the engine has fired up.
Tip 6. Look after your car
- Check tyre pressures every month.
- If you have to use the air conditioning, make sure the difference between the temperatures inside your vehicle and outside is not too great.
- Do not leave any unnecessary loads in your vehicle.
- Remove roof bars and roof boxes when not in use.
- Proper servicing and proper use of your vehicle are as important as eco-driving.
For more information on reducing CO2 emissions from your vehicle go to http://aka.dft.gov.uk/ActOnCO2