E is for Ecosafe driving

There is actually quite a long chapter dealing with this topic. It revolves around conserving fuel through various measures. There is some pretty decent advice here:

  • Planning and awareness helps to avoid late braking and harsh acceleration. Plan your route to avoid delays and congestion.
  • Drive smoothly and keep within the speed limits or slower (vehicles traveling at 70 use 30% more fuel than traveling the same distance at 50)
  • Take your foot off the accelerator when going downhill
  • Utilize Block Gear Changing (skipping gears when accelerating.)
  • When stopped for more than 2 minutes, turn off engine. (We find ourselves doing this often when stopped at level (railroad) crossings; it also is a good way to be able to take your foot off the brake so you aren’t dazzling the driver behind you)
  • Remove unnecessary weight (roof racks)
  • Run AC only when necessary.
  • Reverse into parking space while the engine is warm, and drive out when it’s cold.
  • Choose an energy efficient vehicle.  
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained (tyres properly inflated, engine tuned, oil changed)
  • Recycle used oil responsibly.
  • Use alternate transportation when possible (walk, bike, carpool,  public transportation)

Walk more, drive less…


About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, traveler, runner, grandma, Mormon, Missionary
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9 Responses to E is for Ecosafe driving

  1. Deb Hawkins says:

    I’ve had a hard for a few months now, and I miss walking around sometimes.

  2. freya3377 says:

    That’s a collection of sound advice Gail. Didn’t know about “Reverse into parking space while the engine is warm, and drive out when it’s cold.” I am going to keep this in mind.
    And love the use of the word ‘dazzling’. 😉
    @freya3377 from Life as Freya

  3. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dahlia says:

    Yes that’s true – walk more drive less. Lovely place to take a walk 🙂

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