A survey of 1000 Scots conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland suggests that more than half of Edinburgh drivers are deliberately slowing down in order to save fuel.
This puts them at the top of the slowing-down-for-fuel-efficiency league table, as the graph below shows.
The statement accompanying the stats praises “sensible” Lothians drivers for being so frugal over the 60% of Glasgow drivers who, by implication, are burning around the M8 at crazy speeds without a care for the impact of their profligate ways on their wallet or the planet.
Indeed, to Paul Wilkinson, Transport Business Advisor at the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, South East, the survey results were apparently a foregone conclusion. Although he offers no explanation for this mysterious geographic anomaly when he comments:
“It comes as no surprise to hear that drivers in the Lothians are slowing down to reduce the amount of money they spend on fuel – the faster you go, the more fuel you use.
“There are other ways to save too, however. Fuel efficient driving tips like anticipating road conditions and driving smoothly, shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible and switching off air conditioning all have their part to play – and they don’t necessarily slow you down.
“Our research has shown Lothians drivers who follow a range of ten simple tips can save two months’ worth of fuel each and every year – a huge saving in the current economic climate.”
The Energy Saving Trust 10 top tips in full are:
- Shift to a higher gear as soon as possible.
- Anticipate road conditions and drive more smoothly.
- Maintain a steady speed in as high a gear as possible.
- Drive a little more slowly.
- Switch off if you’re stationary for more than a minute.
- Keep your tyres properly inflated.
- Switch off air conditioning.
- Close your windows if travelling at 50mph or more.
- Remove roof boxes and racks if not being used.
- Remove unnecessary items from your car.
Obviously the best way to save fuel isn’t to drive at all and choose a different way to travel. But anyway, well done Lothians’ drivers.
You’ve now got more money to spend on beer than everyone else. (And don’t drink and drive – that would spoil the whole sensible image.)
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