Eco-driving is a driving style that significantly reduces fuel consumption and thus emissions. The ‘eco’ in eco-driving refers to a driving style, which takes into consideration ecological and economical benefits, that significantly reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. A variety of benefits can be realized by practicing eco-driving, including:
Eco-driving reduces the emissions that cause air pollution. This has a positive impact on human health and reduces health care costs. Currently, approximately $1 billion is spent yearly on health costs related to traffic worldwide (or 5% of GDP in developing countries).
Vehicles produce emissions which adversely affect human health and contribute to climate change. These include black carbon, a component of soot, whose effects are linked with early death, cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems; and carbon dioxide (CO2) which contributes to climate change.
Simply by changing driving habits, fuel consumption can be cut by up to 25 per cent. In addition to reductions in fuel use, which are quite substantial when considered over a one-year period, savings on vehicle maintenance can be significant. By practicing eco-driving, the wear-and-tear on a vehicle can be substantially lower, resulting in less damage to the vehicle and trips to the repair shop.
UNEP Eco Drive Tips and Information:
• UNEP Eco-drive Info Powerpoint
• UNEP Eco-drive Fact Sheet
Glen Edmunds Green Driving
Make Cars Green
Canada AutoSmart Thinking
EU: Ten tips on how to drive green
ETA Green Driving