ECCI team train to be fuel efficient drivers

12 June 2013

Last week ECCI took part in the Energy Saving Trust's FuelGood driving training, which helps participants to get more out of a gallon of fuel. 

Each participant drove - carefully - an urban loop of about 4 miles, starting from ECCI, listened to feedback from the FuelGood instructor, and then drove the loop again whilst listening to more instructor commentary. 

Feedback was tailored to the individual: reviewing gear selection for certain situations is an easy fix for some, but looking much further down the road ahead (not just the vehicle or two in front) demands an adjustment in mind-set - like thinking several moves in advance at chess. 

At the end of the process, every driver recorded an improvement in mpg on the second lap, within the range of 5 to 22% (average = 12% improvement).  Congratulations to Andy Kerr for being the most improved driver and - in the end - the most efficient.  Getting more than 50mpg on such a stop-start urban route is a testament to thoughtful driving and the improved technology in some of the current crop of production cars.

Congratulations to Andy Kerr for being the most improved driver.

We would recommend this to any regular driver, and because of Transport Scotland's support the cost is only £12 per hour.  And any organisation operating vehicle fleets - whether their own vehicles or the so-called 'grey fleet' - should seriously consider providing this training and benefitting from lower fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and wear and tear on the vehicles.

Commentary

The transition to the low carbon economy is not entirely dependent on the latest technologies, nor does it necessarily require us to give everything up.  Sustainable transport is a case in point. Of course it's great that more efficient vehicles and new technologies are coming through, and also that many of us are reaping the benefits of switching to less polluting modes of transport (such as our feet, the bike, or the bus).  However, the fact remains that for the next couple of decades, we can anticipate many carbon-emitting fossi-fuel-powered vehicles continuing to use our roads. 

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