At times you are going to need to Move Off quickly. I call this my Counting Method, this comes in several developing steps.
- Move off in straight line moving forward about 5 meters ahead at the count of 5 seconds.
- Exit a junction and enter a new road to the count of 5 seconds
- Move into a Junction to the count of 5 seconds
Now when you feel comfortable moving out and into junctions it is worth finding how far you would travel in a straight line for the count of 5 seconds.
4. When you know and see how far you travel in 5 seconds. Look and see how far the traffic could be from you. If it’s too close then don’t move if it’s less then it should be safe for you to move.
When are you going to use this method of moving off quickly?
Getting out of a junction in front of traffic, when someone lets you out at a junction, moving off at traffic lights and moving off from the side of a road.
Eco safe driving is a culmination of Hazard Awareness & Planning
The first part of safe driving is keeping to the Speed Limits
When starting up & moving off – try to keep moving smoothly with no unnecessary letting the car idle. Accelerate smoothly
Use the Gears – effectively for the various speed ranges.
When using the Engine – The Eco-safe driving involves braking/use of power & torque effectively.
Cruise Control where available. Be sympathetic to vehicles not exceeding 3000 rpm to save fuel.
Don’t use the Air conditioning too much – use only when necessary
Do not carry unnecessary loads. Check the tyre pressures are correct
Service the Engine regularly
Switch off when stationary for long periods
Block changing going up & down
Reduce the times you make short journeys could be more polluting because it can take up to 6 miles before the Catalytic Converter to warm up & become effective. Journeys of less than 2 miles can produce 60% more pollutants than a journey of over 6 miles
An exercise to try
Find a quiet housing estate & try to drive around it using the brake as a last resort this could be considered eco-safe driving, That is to say, as you approach a junction take your foot off the gas very early & use the engine braking to slow the car down, This is going to need careful clutch control & planning. You are likely to find you will need to be in 2nd or 1st Gear a several yards before reaching a junction.
To start with you are likely to be arriving to fast & need to use the brake but with practice, you will find that at more & more junctions if you plan your approach correctly you will not need to use the brake or if you do it will be to stop the car because of traffic
Eco-safe driving is only part of how we can help the planet we need to think about how we dispose of our waste product from the car. Things such as when we replace our tyres, battery, lights or oil of the car. They need to be taken to the recycling plant to be disposed of safely