Eco-driving most important rules

Eco-driving seems to be just a fad but it also fits into a construct of thinking global and as a whole. Eco-driving might be an effect of ongoing changes in every part of life and business.

Eco-driving seems to be just a fad but it also fits into a construct of thinking global and as a whole. Eco-driving might be an effect of ongoing changes in every part of life and business.

The global thought firstly and visible influenced personal electronics. Now, available electronics is simple, has a sensible purpose of using it and fits people's life. The global way of thinking influence our decisions in every field of life and also in business. Thinking modern is also thinking green: starting from buying stuff electronics, home appliances, food, everyday decisions, behaviour and driving. Eco-driving is a symbol of times, so if you follow this idea in your business take a look on this simple driving eco-rules:

1. The automobile has evolved considerably throughout time. Today there are more options than ever before when it comes to fuel: There is alcohol, diesel, and gasoline. However, for some people, and for some companies, cost optimization is an elusive concept.

2. Eco-driving is the key. Eco-driving has many benefits. Apart from the financial, environmental, and social impact, there is also increased safety.

3. Financially, up to 15 % fuel/money can be saved in the long term. Maintenance costs are significantly lower as well. Environmentally, there is a reduction of noise and greenhouse gas emissions. Socially, there is more responsibility, less stress, and drivers and passengers experience more comfort.

4. In companies, fleet management is extremely important. There are many expenses for each company car, so cost optimization is very important in these cases. If employees consider the following steps when they use the company car, fleet management will no longer be as much an issue.

5. Anticipating traffic flow. If this is done, steady driving and constant speed are enabled. Drivers should try to see as far ahead as possible to try to avoid as much speed fluctuation as possible. Steady driving is very important. Drivers should try to maintain a high gear with low RPM.

6. Shifting up early also improves fuel efficiency. Drivers should shift up at around 2000 RPM, depending on the traffic situation.

7. Tire pressure should be checked frequently, at least once a month and before traveling at high speed. Low tire pressure is a safety risk and increases fuel consumption. Proper tire pressure can be checked in the vehicle’s manual.

8. Electrical equipment should be used wisely. The heating and air-conditioning equipment use energy, which increases fuel consumption, which in turn increases costs. If driving under 100 Km/h, a window should be opened. If driving over 100 Km/h, however, it is preferable to use air conditioning, because the open window causes drag, which in turn raises fuel consumption.

9. If there is a need to re-fuel, this stop should be made part of the itinerary. It is not worth going out of the way to save a few cents.

10. Carrying too much weight should be avoided. This includes fuel. Drivers should only stop for fuel when the tank is about one-quarter full. The more weight that is carried, the more fuel will be burned.

11. Of course there are also situations that force you to stop or slow down. Keep an eye on your surroundings, being aware of what is happening ahead allows you to respond in advance. Additionally, you may extend the life of your brakes just by being more judicious with your braking.

12. When driving in the city you should be off the throttle as soon as a light changes or traffic backs up ahead. Stop torment your vehicle while waiting at traffic lights or for the cars in front of you to respond to a fresh green light.

13. Imagine you have only a limited amount of vehicle power reserves to cover a whole route. How would you optimize the route and your performance? You’d probably plan out a strategy from the beginning to very end and learn where to use some of your energy reserves and where to conserve them.

14. Master plan of the route. For people who cover familiar territory planning out a route is probably second nature. They know the shortcuts, the areas to avoid and are able to visualize every turn. But if one is driving in unfamiliar territory, GPS guidance comes in very handy. Why not do more, giving yourself a minute or two to prepare the trip and do a little research — it can save you a lot of time later.

15. If you run a transportation company why not ask the customer about anything worth knowing about the route to their location.

16. Drive smoothly, your car will burn less fuel and thus save money on maintenance. Try to apply the throttle and brake gradually, the vehicle should have time to build momentum proportionally.

17. Cars should be refueled on cool mornings. Fuel expands when warm, so if it is purchased when it most dense, more fuel can be purchased for the same amount of money.

Taken into account, these Eco-driving rules can help to increase fuel efficiency and optimize costs for your home or company.

Cloud Your Car is a fleet management system that one of the features is Eco-driving, instantly advising the driver on how to improve it. Two-way communication and transparency of the system implemented may change the drivers vision of GPS tracking. A small Plug — the tracking device is installed in the car lighter socket and by flashing colored LEDs informs the driver about non-economical driving. The dedicated Cloud Your Car app gathers the data from all the company’s drivers, compares it and shows the best and worst scores. This might serve as an element of healthy competition among employees to increase their Eco-driving scores. Cloud Your Car is not only about improving Eco-driving scores but much more. The algorithm calculates, analyzes speed parameters, number of stops, harsh braking, idling and road conditions to report the full condition of the fleet and each driver separately. In this way, Cloud Your Car is able to provide usable data so the fleet manager can react in real-time, ensuring that there are fewer late deliveries and more satisfied customers.

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