ECODRIVING – WHAT IS IT?
ECODRIVING – a modern responsible and rational way of driving, when we drive considering dynamics of the traffic flow and also safely, preserving a vehicle and consuming less fuel.
Style of ecodriving in the largest European states is recognized not only as a modern way of driving but it is getting more and more popular. In some countries, including Lithuania, principles of ecodriving have been already integrated to the category B driver training program and driving test.
HOW TO LEARN THIS?
Any driver can learn ecodriving, i.e. drivers who have different driving experience individually find out what driving skills they have to correct and thus they develop the driving style acceptable to them.
Principles of ecodriving are effective driving any car, irrespective of its brand, age, type of gear or fuel.
HOW IS THIS TRAINED?
Eco-driving training is being performed in real traffic conditions at the city, individually driving a passenger car with the trainer on the predefined route. For better results, we recommend theoretical training before the practical training.
WHAT ARE PROBABLE RESULTS AND BENEFIT?
Having mastered the use of ecodriving principles, driving becomes safer – the probability of getting into an accident is significantly reduced. It is important that the result is achieved without losing the driving dynamics.
Based on both – our effected training experience and available statistics of the EU states we can say that during the lesson the learners manage to save 5-25% fuel (subject to the available skills of the learner), and the mean of the group usually is around ~15%. Effect of the long-term training is lower fuel consumption by 7-8%. If after some time the training is continued, the results are strengthened, and the economic benefits may be higher in comparison with the initial data.
Besides, the vehicle is more preserved, thus expenses for repairs and car service facilities are reduced and the conditions not to increase insurance price are established.
As fuel consumption decreases, the environmental impact decreases accordingly, while lower pollution ensures a higher quality of society. Eco-labeling training – a feature of socially responsible companies.
It is also important that a driver, having corrected his driving approach, stays more employable – he gets into complicated situations, which can result in injury or death, more seldom and the driver feels less stressful.
COMFORT FOR PASSENGERS
Another ecodriving effect is a much smoother ride, which provides significantly more comfort for the passengers being driven.
SOME ECODRIVING TIPS:
• Keep driving at a constant speed as long as possible, using the highest gear possible and maintaining the lowest engine rotations as possible.
• Avoid traffic jams so you have to break and accelerate as less as possible.
• Don’t switch off the gear when decelerating (e.g. driving downhill, approaching the traffic lights), just release the acceleration pedal as early as possible
• Avoid driving at a higher that 90-100 km/h speed.
• Check tyre pressure on regular basis.
• Use the air conditioner and other electrical devices inside the car only when necessary.
• Avoid carrying unnecessary articles on board the car. Remove roofracks and their jigs.
• Turn off the engine when you are going to be at standstill longer than 2-3 min.