How to Become the Government’s Greener Driver - Eco Driving Reduces Motorists' Carbon Footprint Thursday 13 September 2007 PDF Print Government Transport Advisors have advised drivers to become Greener Drivers in their latest bid to stop global warming. A Midlands-based company has launched a brand new ‘Eco Driving’ course to help drivers learn exactly how to adapt their driving styles to become greener without investing in a new car or finding alternative modes of transport. Trent Safety People’s course teaches car owners and fleet drivers the practical side of greener driving, showing them how to achieve the maximum fuel economy to reduce their carbon footprint in terms of CO2 emissions and lowering noise levels as well as saving money and improving driver safety. After completing the training motorists are seeing on average 15% reductions in their fuel consumption – the equivalent to saving £6 on a £40 fill-up. The course, which lasts between one and a half and two hours, has been devised by Michael Pattinson (CMIOSH, MIIRSM, Dip Fleet. DSA Fleet) based on schemes running on the Continent. “Everyone has their own driving style and this course shows how Eco Driving can be undertaken in the everyday situations motorists face,” says Michael. “We use a mixture of demonstration and driver practise to show how drivers can get the best out of their engines in their normal driving situations with the least impact on the environment. The principals are very easy to learn and will stay with you for life.” As outlined on their website, www.how2ecodrive.com , this experiential training enhances a driver’s safety and awareness on the road, and gives techniques covering vehicle balance, safe positioning, gear change reduction and how to save fuel. Demonstration and driver practise occur throughout the session to maximise the learning experience. Eco driving has been used on the continent for a number of years and in many countries is now included in their learner driving programs. The European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) calculated in 2001 that within Europe, driver education and eco driving programmes could lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions equivalent to that of 15 million cars by the year 2010. Despite this level of success with our EU counterparts, the UK has been slow to follow. Although pilot schemes have been developed by the Driving Standards Agency here in the UK it is not something the average motorist has been aware of. Despite the developments made in producing fuel efficient engines and cars that have lower emissions, very few drivers know how to get the best out of their engines. The Eco Driving idea is to adopt a driving style that suits today’s modern engine technology and ‘smart, smooth and safe’ driving techniques can yield fuel savings in the region of 10%, with additional benefits of lower CO2 emissions and reduced noise levels. Many people find driving on today’s roads to be a stressful and aggressive experience as they battle with more vehicles than ever before. Adopting a more anticipatory style of driving leads to reduced speeds, less overtaking and a less stress full drive, which leaves the driver feeling less tired. More information can be obtained by calling 01283 510438 or from www.how2ecodrive.com. -Ends- Words: 523 Editor’s Notes: • Michael Pattinson is available for interview to discuss Eco Driving and the course offered by Trent Safety People. • Reporters are invited to review a complimentary Eco Driving session. Please call 01283 510438 to arrange a mutually convenient time. Contacts: Press release issued by The Write Solution on behalf of Trent Safety People. The Write Solution 59A Main Street Barton under Needwood Staffordshire DE13 8AB Contact: Hannah Sookias Tel: 07946 096329 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.the-write-solution.co.uk Trent Safety People 34 Highbank Road Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE15 0HX Contact: Michael Pattinson CMIOSH, MIIRSM, Dip Fleet. DSA Fleet Tel: 01283 510438 Email: email@example.com Website: www.how2ecodrive.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Sookias Media in the following categories: Environment & Nature, Motoring, Travel, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.