Yesterday Paul went on a course to learn about eco-driving techniques and benefits. As many of you may be thinking what a lot of rubbish I felt we should put some information out there for you. Paul was no less sceptical about it than most people, but the course has convinced him of the REAL benefits for everyone.
Not only will you save money on fuel (the obvious one!!), but it will also save money on wear and tear on the car as well as some really interesting added benefits being that it has been proven to make your driving safer and more relaxing for you and your passengers! These claims can be backed up by statistics:
Fuel & CO2 savings:
- 13.5% on the day (EST)
- 3.0% to 6.2% long term (EST and DVR)
- 35% reductions ‘at fault’ collisions (DVR)
- 22% reduction ‘non fault’ collisions (DVR)
You may well still not be convinced, but just think about this – if youemploy the techniques suggested when approaching a red light so that you arrive at that light more slowly and just as it changes (to save fuel) you are not slamming on the brakes and wearing out your brake pads as well as increasing the chances of the surprised driver behind you,who may not be paying attention to the lights ahead, failing to stop and colliding into your car! We think it’s worth considering seriously.
Here is a summary of the main ideas:
- Change Gear upwards as soon as possible
Shift up between 2.000 and 2.500 revolutions. (this depends on your car and fuel type). Do not accelerate quickly or harshly.
- Maintain a steady speed
Use the highest gear for the conditions and drive with low engine speed.
- Anticipate traffic flow
Look ahead as far as possible and anticipate what is happening. Plan your actions accordingly. Don’t brake sharply or heavily.
- Decelerate Smoothly
When you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly and leave the car in gear as long as is possible.
- Check the tyre pressure frequently
As an example, 25% too low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance by 10% and your fuel consumption by 2%.
Have a go and let us know how it goes!
All drivers should look at this link showing the effect of texting whilst driving. Hopefully it will educate those that still do text wilst behind the wheel that it is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Exam season is now well and truly upon us and we would like to wish all our students, both past and present, a successful and stress free time. Remember to look for that squirrel and ‘sparkle’!!! We look forward to hearing all your successes in the future.
Paul, Squiggie, Badger and Sparkle
It’s that time of year again when there are lots of parties and celebrations. A reminder from all of us at Drive-2-Arrive to keep safe and leave the car at home! Wishing all of our students and their families a very Happy and safe Christmas and all the best for the New Year!!
Time for a new car! On Monday we will take delivery of a brand new Citroen DS3 for all our learners to enjoy!
Another year has gone by and it is time to change the car! Watch this space for pictures of the new DS3 that we intend to lease this time!
The national road safety charity BRAKE is again running a Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014) and is asking everyone to ‘look out for each other’ on roads. Our company name Drive-2-Arrive was first born as we agree with the charity that being selfish can easily lead to tragedy. This year the charity are particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking twice and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. They are also calling on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen. At Drive-2-Arrive we teach considerate and safe driving as we feel passionately that all road users MUST be jointly responsible for keeping our roads safe. Learn with us and we will endeavour to teach you to be a considerate and careful driver for life. Please spread this important message from Brake and Drive-2-Arrive to all you family and friends. You could encourage them to ‘Make the Brake Pledge’ to drive safely by visiting the charity website on this link ; you never know, it could make all the difference! There is plenty of other important and useful information on the 2young2die website for young and new drivers.