Now, we know most people have to use a car sometimes. But when you passed your driving test, we doubt your driving instructor told you about ‘eco-driving.’ Eco-driving is a technique that can help you to reduce your fuel bills significantly, because it cuts down the amount of fuel you use by at least a quarter, if not a third.
Not only does this save you cash, it has lots of other benefits. Adopting an eco-driving style is less stressful, as it requires less gear changes and stops and starts, and it also means that you help to cut both local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
This is particularly important in Leith, because the air quality on busy streets (for pedestrians as well as drivers) like Great Junction Street regularly breaks air pollution limits. The source of this air pollution is the traffic there. We’ve found two fun weblinks to help drive in a more eco-friendly way.
First off, we’ve found the video below, that shows an American driving instructor teaching someone how to ‘eco-drive’.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b7nMW-LIdI&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]
We’ve also found the results of the Energy Savings Trust ‘Smarter Driving Challenge‘. Whilst this showed how the winner would save £325 per year off their fuel bills, just by eco-driving, more importantly they showed that with just 30 minutes tuition 494 people cut their fuel consumption by about a third. Greener Leith can’t give you that training here yet, but for the moment we can point you in the direction of the Energy Savings Trusts – on-line ‘eco-driving test.’