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Ecodriving – The Concept
Ecodriving means smarter and more fuel-efficient driving. Ecodriving represents a new driving culture that makes best use of advanced vehicle technologies, while improving road safety. An important component of sustainable mobility, Ecodriving considerably contributes to climate protection and pollution reduction.
Racing champion Alexander Wurz presents Ecodriving and its benefits:
(Video courtesy of Test&Training International, eSafety Challenge and FIA)
Find out about the Golden Rules of Ecodriving here!
Ecodriving – The Benefits
Improve road safety
Enhance driving skills
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2)
Fewer local air pollutants
Save fuel / money (5-15% in the long-term)
Lower vehicle maintenance costs
Reduce costs of accidents
More responsible driving
Less stress while driving
Higher comfort for drivers and passengers
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Golden Rules of Ecodriving
1. Anticipate Traffic Flow
Read the road as far ahead as possible and anticipate the flow of traffic. Act instead of react – increase your scope of action with an appropriate distance between vehicles to use momentum (an increased safety distance equivalent of about 3 seconds to the car in front optimises the options to balance speed fluctuations in traffic flow – enabling steady driving with constant speed).
2. Maintain a steady speed at low RPM
Drive smoothly, using the highest possible gear at low RPM.
3. Shift up early
Shift to higher gear at approximately 2.000 RPM. Consider the traffic situation, safety needs and vehicle specifics.
4. Check tyre pressures frequently at least once a month and before driving at high speed
Keep tyres properly inflated as low tyre pressure is a safety risk and wastes fuel. For correct tyre pressure (acc. To loading, highest pressure and speed driven), check with car’s manual.
5. Consider any extra energy required costs fuel and money
Use air conditioning and electrical equipment wisely and switch it off if not needed. Electrical energy is converted from extra fuel burnt in a combustion engine, so electrical equipment doesn’t work “for free” – it always costs extra energy and money.