Eco-driving is a smart way of driving. It helps to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and road accidents.








The US Energy Department proposes the following points for more efficient driving:



Drive 'Sensibly'

Aggressive driving (high speeds, rapid acceleration, sudden braking) can increase fuel consumption by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city. Sensible drive is safer and more relaxed. Economic benefit from 5% - 33%.



Observe speed limits

Although each vehicle has optimum fuel efficiency at different speeds, fuel consumption is greatly increased at speeds over 100 kilometres per hour. For each additional 8 km / h increase in speed, fuel consumption is increased by 7%. Economic benefit of 7% - 14%.





Remove excess weight

Avoid having unnecessary heavy objects in the vehicle. An additional 45 kg weight increases fuel consumption by 2%. The increase in consumption is proportional to the rate of weight gain in relation to the weight of the vehicle. Lighter vehicles are most affected. Economic benefit of 1% - 2%.



Do not leave the engine idling

A vehicle engine idling for an hour can burn up to 2 litres of fuel. This depends on the size of the engine and the use of air conditioning (A / C).

The Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving refers to the European experience for Ecodrive presenting these results for fuel economy:


The quantification of the results of applied Ecodriving programs in short and long term action shows that:


- Short-term:

Fuel saving for fleets of cars, buses, trucks: 5-15%. Fuel saving during driver’s training at the individual level: 20-50%.


- Long-term (over 3 years):

Fuel saving 5% on average, without further support after the initial training.


- Noise:
A car moving with the engine at 4000 revs / min, emits as much noise as 32 cars that move at the same speed but with 2000 revs / min.