ecodriving


ECO-SAFE DRIVING

 

ECO SAFE DRIVING HAS NOW BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE UK DRIVING TEST. PUPILS CANNOT FAIL ON THIS SUBJECT BUT WILL BE ADVISED AT THE END OF THEIR DRIVING TEST BY THE EXAMINER IF IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO SAVE FUEL, REDUCE EMMISIONS ETC. 

 

 

Topic

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Hazard Awareness/

Planning

Identifies hazards in a timely manner

allowing adequate time to respond.

As a result braking and acceleration

are smooth and progressive.

Consistently fails to identify hazards in a timely

manner and as a result braking and acceleration

is rushed and harsh.

Compliance with

Speed limits

Complies with all posted and national

speed limits. Ensures that speed is

always appropriate to road, traffic and

weather conditions.

Consistently fails to comply with posted and

national speed limits. Drives too quickly for

prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions.

Starting and moving away

Starts engine without excessive use

of accelerator. Moves away from stops smoothly.

Consistently uses excessive accelerator when starting engine. Moves away from stops harshly – too quickly for conditions

Use of accelerator

Uses the accelerator during in normal driving in a smooth manner, co-ordinated with other controls. Demonstrates good acceleration sense.

Consistently uses the accelerator during normal driving harshly. As a result progress is made in such a way as to produce an uncomfortable ride. The stability of the vehicle is affected

Gear selection

Uses gears sensibly and efficiently. The vehicle is always travelling in an appropriate gear for road and traffic conditions. Uses gears selectively (up and down) and selects highest suitable gear as soon as possible, without causing engine to labour.

Consistently fails to use gears effectively and efficiently. Selects inappropriate gears and does not use selective gear selection. Causes engine to over rev or labour due to inappropriate selection.

Engine braking

Takes advantage of the effects of engine braking when appropriate.

Consistently fails to use engine braking – showing an over-reliance on brakes to slow the vehicle.

Engine power/torque

Takes advantage of the power/torque characteristics of a modern engine. Utilizes higher gears at lower engine speeds, when negotiating hazards, without causing engine to labour.

Consistently fails to take advantage of power/torque characteristics of a modern engine. Uses lower gears unnecessarily, not recognizing, when negotiating hazards, that a higher gear may be appropriate.

Use of cruise control (when fitted)

Uses cruise control in situations where it would be appropriate – without compromising road safety.

Consistently fails to use cruise control appropriately.

 

It is now also considered acceptable to switch off the engine if the driver believes there may be a delay before moving off, for example, at traffic jams

 

 

An Eco-Safe driving lesson with Alan Marlow Driving School  might cover:

  • Benefits to the driver
  • Benefits to the environment (local and global)
  • Vehicle loading
  • Air-con
  • Windows/sunroofs/roof racks/other
  • Importance of maintenance
  • Tyre pressures
  • Route planning / Trip planning
  • Driving plan
  • Speed limits
  • Starting and moving off
  • Smooth use of controls
  • Acceleration sense
  • Keeping the revs down
  • Engine idling time – when to switch off
  • Eco gear use (including compression braking)
  • Cruise control (whether fitted or not!)
  • Tracking your fuel consumption

 

 

 

 

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