(NC)—How many of us have ripped through a red light, soared past the slow poke in front of us or hummed along the highway not really concentrating on the conditions around us? All of us have driven this way at one time or another. These three driving styles – known as aggressive, rushed or average – can be dangerous, expensive and harmful to the environment.
Did you know, though, that there are driving behaviours that could keep you safe, save you money and help the environment?
Natural Resources Canada defines this type of driver as one who is focused on fuel efficiency at all times. Thinking about road safety and saving fuel and money, fuel-efficient drivers are known to accelerate gently, maintain a steady speed, anticipate upcoming traffic, coast to a stop with their foot off the gas (like driving for free) and avoid high speeds.
A study in Europe revealed that calm drivers use significantly less fuel than aggressive drivers who, the study found, consume 39 per cent more fuel in city traffic than calm drivers and only achieve a four per cent savings in time. Also, students who took fuel-efficient driving lessons were shown to save about 25 per cent in fuel.
You could save up to $500 a year in fuel and cut your harmful greenhouse gas emissions by over 1,000 kilograms a year just by changing your driving behaviour. Not convinced? Check out the NRCan website for more information at www.vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.