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Eco driving


Eco-driving is a driving style aimed at maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. Here are some tips for eco-driving in the UK:

  1. Smooth Driving: Avoid sudden acceleration and heavy braking. Smooth acceleration and braking can significantly reduce fuel consumption.
  2. Maintain a Steady Speed: Try to maintain a steady speed whenever possible, especially on motorways and highways. Use cruise control if your vehicle is equipped with it.
  3. Anticipate Traffic: Look ahead and anticipate traffic flow. This allows you to adjust your speed gradually rather than making sudden stops or accelerations.
  4. Reduce Idle Time: Avoid idling your engine unnecessarily. If you’re going to be stationary for more than a minute or so, it’s more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine and restart when you’re ready to move again.
  5. Plan Your Routes: Plan your journeys to avoid heavy traffic, roadworks, and congested routes. Use GPS or apps that provide real-time traffic information to help you find the most efficient routes.
  6. Keep Your Vehicle Well-Maintained: Regularly service your vehicle and keep it properly maintained. This includes keeping tires inflated to the correct pressure, ensuring the engine is tuned, and using the recommended grade of motor oil.
  7. Reduce Air Conditioning Usage: Air conditioning can increase fuel consumption, especially at lower speeds. Use it sparingly and consider opening windows or using the fan instead when driving at lower speeds.
  8. Reduce Vehicle Weight: Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle to reduce weight. Extra weight means your engine has to work harder, leading to higher fuel consumption.
  9. Use Higher Gears: Use higher gears whenever possible without labouring the engine. This reduces engine revs and can improve fuel efficiency.
  10. Consider Hybrid or Electric Vehicles: If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider choosing a hybrid or electric model. These vehicles generally have lower emissions and are more fuel-efficient than traditional petrol or diesel vehicles.

By following these tips, you can reduce your fuel consumption, save money on fuel costs, and minimize your environmental impact while driving in the UK.

Useful websites:

Fuel efficient driving tips – Vehicle Certification Agency (

Reduce emissions through efficient driving – Energy Saving Trust

How to Save Money and Fuel by ‘Eco-Driving’ (