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Schedule/ SD-Training

Time Phases/ Contents/ Procedures


Preparation Resetting vehicle’s on-board trip computer (average fuel consumption mode)

This can also be done in the presence of the participant. If the car of the participant is used the participant should dot it himself


Have the “roadmap” ready displaying the round course in detail.

The coach needs to know the round course.

  Arrival of the coachee


Friendly welcome
4-5 Minutes Warm-up


Explanation of structure and objectives of the SD-Training;

Describing the role of the trainer as personal coach supporting the participant in achieving his own goals;

Check of seating position and mirrors Explanation of the relevant board computer displays

(only if it is not the car of the participant!!)




Hand over the “roadmap” and explain it


If necessary, comment on the specific powertrain (engine & transmission) or fuel of the car employed


15-20 Minutes First Ride on a defined round course recording all relevant data


The coach only helps to find the track, but conveys no tips (interventions in risk situations are of course allowed)


The coach is to get a complete overview on driving style, capabilities and Ecodriving behaviour of the participant: strengths and weaknesses


The coach assesses the coachee’s improvement potential


First ride also serves to establish a trustful atmosphere. Small talk on subjects not directly related to Ecodriving are a good way to achieve this.


NOTE: Despite being asked to drive in their every-day manner, participants tend to pretend, that they already practiced Ecodriving to impress the coach.

Time Phases/ Contents/ Procedures


  At the end of this first ride the average fuel consumption has to be checked and laid down.


NOTE: The on-board trip computer (fuel consumption mode) has to be resetted again before starting the second ride!

5-10 Minutes First Feedback Phase in the car in standstill: Feedback on first ride and agreement on a personal training plan


Ask the participant, how he/she felt during the first ride and if the individual goals were achieved. A self-assessment on a scale 0 to 10 (0 = lowest score; 10 = highest score) is helpful. Ask the coachee for the reasons to come to these conclusions.


Introduction of the Ecodriving Core Tips of the SD-Training (acc. to “Golden Rules”):

1. Anticipate Traffic Flow, enlarge safety distance and make best use of the vehicle’s momentum


2. Maintain a steady speed at low RPM driving smoothly


3. Shift up early


Next step is, to find out which “Golden Rules” the coachee wants to train.


Supported by the coach having an eye on the biggest saving potential, the participant specifies his goals. This results in a customised training plan which defines the core contents of the individual SD-Training.


Write down the targets as defined and compare them with the achieved results in second ride.


The trainer is coach, which means that personal goals of the coachee have to be supported. This must be reflected in the customised training plan.









The targets are defined jointly. Recommended behaviour which is seen critical by the coachee must not be trained.


It is of particular importance, that the coachee gathers positive experiences during the training, so he/she is encouraged to continue checking and optimising the individual driving style after the training.


Complete coverage of all tips is not necessary. Priority is to positively experience the selected tips.

Time Phases/contents/ Procedure


15-20 Minutes Second Ride on the defined round course recording all relevant data


The coachee is trained according to the agreed personal training plan




In order not to overstrain the coachee´s attention, safety advice shall only be given if inacceptable risks arise.

NOTE: “Safety first” is key principle throughout the entire SD training. Trade-offs “safety vs. fuel economy” are inacceptable!


5 – 10 Minutes Second Feedback Phase and Training Wrap-up

The coachee shall describe his feelings in the training, supported by  key questions like the following:

How did you feel during the second ride?

How do you assess the result?

How did you experience the second ride?

What was easy to put to practice and what seemed difficult? Please explain why.

Subsequently, the coach gives a short feedback on the success/ progress observed on the part of the coachee rounded up by announcing the saving result.

Then, the training certificate is awarded and options for further information on Ecodriving are mentioned (flyer, internet pages, advanced training possibilities).

The SD-Training ends with a warm goodbye, encouraging the coachee to integrate Ecodriving into his every-day driving and motivating his interest in advanced Ecodriving trainings.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All comments must be positive in order to increase the coachee´s motivation for further self- reflection and practicing.

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