Global Action Plan helps drivers save money on fuel

March 20th, 2011 by Global Action Plan

Fuel prices are increasing again.  Recent research has shown that this increase can be offset by drivers changing their driving habits.

Global Action Plan’s Fuel Wise programme improved drivers efficiency by 16%, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and the amount spent on fuel. Based on the average car driver’s mileage and fuel consumption, a 16% improvement in driving efficiency would add up to a UK driver saving £200 per year. UK van drivers could save £789 per year.

In addition, a five month Eco-driving trial by Fiat involving 5,700 drivers achieved an average fuel saving of 6%. One in ten drivers achieved a 16% reduction.

Global Action Plan’s Fuel Wise programme is led by experts in driving and behaviour that tackle the root causes of inefficient driving using Eco Driving simulators and behaviour change workshops.

One company’s employees cut the cost of their daily drive to work saving the average UK employee £200 per year in today’s fuel prices.

“Eco-driving is about changing our driving styles so we use less fuel, reduce CO2 emissions and save money. It’s one thing to teach someone the techniques to drive in efficiently, it’s another thing to ensure that those behaviours stick. Global Action Plan is committed to making carbon emission cuts happen.” Trewin Restorick, CEO at Global Action Plan.

“With 70% of UK employees driving to work and 80% of business trips being by car, Global Action Plan urges organisations and their employees to undertake eco-driving training. It will save businesses and individuals money and make a significant contribution to reducing emissions whilst improving safety for all road users”said Heather McInroy, National Business Travel Network Programme Director.

The Committee on Climate Change has advocated eco-driving as one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce transport carbon dioxide emissions.

Global Action Plan’s Top 10 Eco Driving Tips

Speed up and slow down smoothly

Harsh acceleration and braking can use up to 30% more fuel and lead to increased wear and tear on your vehicle.

Over revving accelerates emissions

Accelerate gently and use the highest possible gear as soon as conditions allow.

Limit ‘invisible’ fuel consumption

Devices such as the rear window defroster, fog lights or air conditioning all increase fuel consumption considerably.

Control your speed

Less than 15mph is the least efficient speed. Your fuel efficiency improves as your speed increases to the speed limit.

Use in-car devices

Most modern vehicles have lots of devices that can help you to reduce your fuel consumption.  Using the rev counter helps you to choose the appropriate gear, a sat nav system helps you to reach your destination quicker.

Minimise your vehicle use

Driving with a cold engine doubles fuel consumption so avoid short journeys where possible.

Pump up your tyres

Under-inflated tyres create more resistance when your car is moving, which means your engine has to work harder.

Limit weight and air resistance

Roof racks and bike racks impede the aerodynamics of your vehicle and increase fuel consumption.

Keep your car well maintained

A vehicle which is not properly maintained will pollute more and drive less smoothly.

Plan your journey

Avoid separate journeys and try to combine trips.

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