MOTORING MATTERS - DRIVING TUITION
Eco-safe driving

When you sit your driving test you will also be assessed on your ability to drive in a way that shows eco-safe driving techniques. The driving examiner will assess control and planning, and at the end of the test will give you feedback, as guidance, on how efficiently you are driving.

Control

Always try to use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible, with particular attention to:

  •starting and moving away
  •accelerating
  •using gears
  •driving at an appropriate speed
This reduces wear and tear on the vehicle and will help in reducing CO2

Planning

Reduce harmful emissions by anticipating road and traffic conditions, and acting in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment, especially:

  •showing hazard awareness and planning
  •making use of engine braking
  •stopping the engine when appropriate

Tips for eco-safe driving

  •check your tyres regularly and keep at the recommended pressure
  •don't carry unnecessary weight
  •remove roof-racks or luggage boxes when not needed to reduce air resistance
  •don't exceed speed limits, and accelerate gently
  •consider using cruise control (if fitted) where it would be appropriate
  •turn off your engine if you are likely to have a prolonged wait
  •use air conditioning only when you need to
  •plan your route to avoid known congestion points
  •try to travel during off-peak times

Therefore be an eco-safe driver and contribute to road safety as well as reducing your fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Making changes to your driving style will also save you money.

Rob