Eco-driving can slash fuel bills by up to 25%, says UK charity

A Hampshire road safety charity has launched a new campaign to help drivers slash their fuel bills by up to 25 per cent.

The Daily Echo-backed Blue Lamp Trust has started a major new eco-driving course that aims to help motorists and businesses dramatically cut fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

The trust’s expert instructors, who have a background training the emergency services, have seen drivers typically cut fuel consumption by between ten and 15 per cent, although those with a heavy foot can achieve savings as high as 25 per cent.

The simple course, that can be taken by anyone, shows drivers how to make subtle changes to their driving habits, such as avoiding harsh acceleration and harsh braking as well as being in the right gear for prevailing conditions.

Mark Bradford, general manager of the trust and formerly Superintendent in charge of Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit, said: “People seem to associate eco-driving with simply going slower but that’s not necessarily the case. “We believe the savings will average out at about the 15 per cent mark. Given the rising price of fuel, that represents a significant sum for an individual let alone a company operating a fleet of vehicles.

“These driving techniques represent a sensible, achievable solution to the real-world pressures facing businesses and the planet.”

Story: Southern Daily Echo