Eco Driving Techniques with 4front Driving School.
Updated: Apr 25
We pride our techniques that we have learnt and want to share that will help you save fuel and reduce the impact that you and your vehicle are having on the environment.
To Drive More Smoothly,
To drive more smoothly you should firstly assess the road as far ahead of ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary late braking. Over acceleration is the other problem which increases the amount of fuel you use so a smooth and gentle acceleration uses less power and thus requires less fuel to be consumed.
Increasing Greater Distance
Try to maintain a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front so that you can adapt your speed when necessary by coming off of the accelerator and letting the car slow down naturaly without using the brakes.
Lowering Gears Down Hill
Lowering the gears to help control the speed down a hill uses engine braking braking. Engine braking shuts off fuel consumption, as opposed to just braking or putting the car in neutral. You’ll also use less fuel when pulling away in a lower gear than pulling away at low speeds in high gear. All this adds up to a safer, more economical drive on brakes that will in turn last longer.
Shift Up Early To A Higher Gear
Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 Revs Per Minute.
Take Advantage Of ‘Stop Start’
Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral due to the Stop Start system built in to it. If yours doesn’t have Stop Start then turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel. Avoid your car idling for long periods of time as this wastes fuel and is unnecessary damage to the environment.
Slow Down When Cruising
Your fuel costs will increase the faster you cruise along. A 6 speed gear box helps keep the Revs lower when cruising at the national speed limit but if you only have 5 then it is even more important to watch your speed and revs.
Windows Or Air Conditioning
It is more fuel efficient to open the window over using air-conditioning when driving. Air conditioning can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 5%.acording to the Energy Saving Trust.
Do Tyre pressures Matter When It comes To Fuel Consumption?
Under-inflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption and can also be dangerous so checking your tyres once a month and before long journeys is very important.
Roof Racks And Boxes Cause Drag
Having Roof Racks and Roof Boxes onto of your car these attached to your car will increase drag and as a result will increase your fuel costs. So if you are not using it we advise you remove it rather than have it permanently fixed to your vehicle.
Lightening The Load
Remove any excess items from your car before travelling to reduce the overall weight. Even by having the car filled at half a tank will reduce enough weight to see difference. So you may think next time your at the pump to maybe only fill it half way.