How to be an Eco Driver
The effects of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are a serious concern for our community. Adopting Eco Driver techniques to your every day trips will assist you in reducing your impact on the environment, as well as saving you money.
Being a smart Eco Driver is more than just knowing the road, understanding safety regulations and safely getting from one point to another. It is also being aware of how driving habits affect fuel consumption, adjusting to the weather, road and traffic conditions and having a good understanding of the vehicle and its behaviour under certain conditions, such as carrying loads.
Eco Driver tips:
- Inspect your vehicle at least once a week e.g. tyre pressure, fluid levels, load type and lights.
- Avoid over-revs by monitoring your acceleration rate and maximise your vehicle's torque and power.
- Smooth out your driving style and utilise progressive breaking instead of breaking aggressively. Lift your foot from the accelerator and plan your stop ahead of time, and take corners smoothly.
- Scanning the road ahead 12–15 seconds allows you to adjust your vehicle's advance to intersections, roundabouts and corners.
- Avoid idling to reduce wasting fuel.
By applying these tips you will be doing your part to reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, reduce the emissions that come from your vehicle as well as saving money.
What are we doing?
We train our staff to be Eco Drivers. The Eco Driver program helps to:
- create safer and less stressed drivers
- reduce petrol consumption
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wear and tear on fleet vehicles.
The program was designed by the South East Councils' Climate Change Alliance to help Councils to reduce emissions and save money through more efficient and safer vehicle management.
Councils have access to a customised training program for staff, high-quality training materials and resources, and the opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and expenditure of approximately 10% after 3 years.
To find out more go to the South East Councils' Climate Change Alliance website.