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Teaching Economy Driving In Nottingham
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Teaching Economy Driving In Nottingham

Concerns about the environment as well as high fuel prices are causing drivers in Nottingham to consider their driving style. Economy driving is on the agenda for driver trainers. Here's what instructors should teach to develop this modern style of driving among learners and qualified license holders.

People are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment and the effects that transport has upon it. By adopting a smooth driving style you can make journeys more comfortable as well as reducing fuel bills. Improved planning skills will reduce wear and tear on your vehicle and help control the level of exhaust emissions. Air pollution is a major cause of health problems and much of this pollution is caused by vehicles. Because the emissions occur at ground level they can cause respiratory problems and heart disease among people exposed to the emissions.

One of the main points in economy driving is forward planning and hazard awareness. This allows maximum use of the vehicle's momentum with the least possible use of acceleration and braking. Keeping a good separation distance from the vehicle in front leaves time to simply come off the gas pedal instead of braking harshly and then accelerating again. Always keep at least a two second time gap between you and the vehicle in front.

Instructors need to teach moving away smoothly without over revving the engine during lessons. This is common among learners and plenty of practice at hill starts will be needed to correct it. Taking the foot off the accelerator when driving downhill will save a lot of fuel without compromising control of the vehicle. If stationary for more than a few minutes, particularly at level crossings it is worth turning off the engine. Anticipate when the lights are going to change and the barriers raised as you don't want to hold up traffic with a late restart of the engine.

Nottingham driving schools will often have a roof sign fitted to the tuition vehicle. As it often shows the L plate it must be fitted during lessons. It does however produce a lot of drag which increases fuel consumption so is worth removing when not teaching. People taking intensive driving lessons Nottingham can be advised on reducing drag in their own vehicles. Removing a roof rack and keeping the boot empty of needless items will save petrol. If a driver only tends to make short journeys then the fuel tank should not be completely filled. The car must carry the weight of it's own fuel so only filling the tank half way makes it more economical. Air conditioning uses a lot of fuel so at lower speeds open the windows instead.

Combine these tips with a smoother use of the controls, keep your speed down so fuel burns properly in the engine and you will be going a long way towards saving fuel and helping the environment.


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