Benefits of Eco-Driving
Eco-Driving consists of driving techniques to get the optimum out of modern vehicles and engines. This smart driving style reduces fuel consumption, saves money and lowers CO2 emissions. On top, focussing on traffic anticipation brings about distinct health & safety advantages.
In order to save fuel and money and simultaneously improve road safety and quality of life by reducing emissions, noise and stress levels, the following “Golden and Silver Rules of Eco-Driving” were thoroughly defined:
Anticipate the flow of traffic
Read the road far ahead and anticipate the flow of traffic. Anticipatory driving avoids unnecessary sequences of acceleration and braking to better exploit vehicle’s momentum and enhances road safety at the same time
Maintaining steady speed at low rpm
Drive smoothly in the highest possible gear at low rpm. Unnecessary speed peaks with consecutive braking necessity is a waste of fuel.
Early shifting-up into next gear at around 2,000 rpm
Early gear-shifting at low rpm – depending on vehicle specifics- is key for low fuel consumption and smooth driving.
Checking tyre pressure regularly
The correct tyre pressure is an easy way to safe fuel. Check once a month and before longer trips.
Minimizing the consumption of extra energy
Employ air-conditioning or other energy-consumers only if needed. Remove unnecessary load or superstructure
The „Silver Rules“ of Eco-Driving
- Avoid short trips: The engine doesn´t reach its optimum operating temperature which increases fuel consumption and wear and reduces durability.
- Drive-off immediately after starting the engine: You won´t be able to bring the engine to optimum operating temperature by having it idle.
- Don´t push the throttle while starting the engine.
- Switch-off the engine at stops presumably longer than 20 seconds (or use automatic “start/stop” if available) with the ignition still on.
- Keep windows closed when driving at higher speeds to avoid aerodynamic drag.
- Use low friction oils and low energy tyres.
- Have your car checked regularly.
- Choose a low-emission car with consumption display. Automatic cars must have advanced gearboxes. Diesel vehicles must be equipped with particulate filters.
- Consider alternative means of transport occasionally.