Golden Rules of Eco-Driving
Books and ecological websites refer to many rules for Ecological / Economic driving. Below we mention those suggested by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving of Greece:
- Improvement of road safety
- Enhancing of driving skills
- Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
- Air pollution reduction
- Noise Reduction
- Fuel Saving (5-15%) in the long term
- Smaller maintenance costs
- Smaller costs for accident
- More responsible driving
- Less stress during driving
- More comfort for drivers and passengers
The main environmental objective and target is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) in transport. Reduction of 5% to 15% is a conservative target for those who monitor their ecodriving behaviour with fleeteco. In addition, the Eco-driving will generate savings in operational costs and maintenance of the vehicle fleet and reduce accidents.
• Change gear ratio (speed) at 2000-2500 rpm.
• Drive at a constant speed using the highest gear. Avoid unnecessary braking or gear shifting.
• Try to predict traffic conditions. When you drive, observe the further ahead you can so that you are able to anticipate traffic situations and act appropriately and timely.
• Decelerate smoothly depressing the accelerator early.
• Switch off the engine at short stops (over a minute).
• Check the tyre pressure at least once a month. The correct tyre pressure improves fuel economy and road safety. Pressure less than 25% means about 2% more fuel.
- Ensure the vehicle is properly and regularly maintained.
- Avoid transporting unnecessary loads and use of the roof rack. Each accessory that is fitted to the vehicle (spoilers, grilles, roof racks, large antennas, etc.) causes an increase in aerodynamic drag, thus increasing fuel consumption.
- Avoid unnecessary window openings.
- Make prudent use of air conditioning. Use air conditioning only when necessary and do not adjust below 23 ̊C.
- Move with maximum possible gear when climbing and press the gas pedal fully: exploit the speed that acquires the vehicle on descents without pressing the gas pedal.
- 12. Driving on bends: Decelerate smoothly before turning, if possible without using the brake. The acceleration and sharp braking before each turn is dangerous and increases fuel consumption.