Who needs eco-driving?

Who needs eco-driving?

Who needs eco-driving?

0 comments 📅01 December 2014, 21:24

Some will say everyone. Some will claim that no-one needs it. Both groups have arguments. The supporters of this driving style underline such benefits as fuel efficiency, less mechanical wear of car parts, less pollution, less stress and most importantly increased safety. The critics play down the fuel consumption factor arguing that it is not significant enough to play any role in the car owner’s budget.

Well trained drivers who retain control over their vehicles at all times drive more safely. This results in calculable savings in the maintenance costs of the car and intangible benefits in the form of lower fatigue level and a decreased number of potentially dangerous situations on the road, which ultimately converts to improved comfort during and after driving.

Correctly understood eco-driving can be compared to a PhD program. Apart from manual driving skills and awareness of how the car functions, drivers who follow this style learn to think, predict and relax behind the wheel.

There are also those who, while being quite good drivers, believe they are, in fact, excellent. Good way to verify one’s skills is to participate in any automotive sport, which usually has a humbling effect on such people. This feeling of superiority also passes with age or after the first major accident.


Traffic jam with rows of cars


Some people treat cars as mere tools for moving about and they use them reluctantly. Their driving style is hesitant and they make mistakes more often which causes aggressive reactions from other drivers. This, in turn increases their anxiety, feeling of being lost and discourages them from using the car altogether. Breaking through this vicious circle can prove difficult, however, when it happens, the effects can be incredible. The only issue is how to do it. This situation could be compared to trying to kick a habit. If someone is not willing to do it, the chance for success is close to zero. We believe that, together with other aware drivers, we should promote the idea of turning driving into an art for the sake of increased comfort, joy and most of all – safety. For starters, we recommend testing ourselves on a professional simulator which can help us gain competence without exposing ourselves to danger. 


Practice makes perfect. Many people limit themselves by not learning. A good example is reverse parking. Some drivers for years believe they can’t learn to do it and effectively block themselves psychologically. On the other hand, devoting from half an hour to a few hours to training only this particular skill could make parking easier for the whole life! The same can be said for almost all aspects of our life. Let’s be more open and aware of the fact that we can develop regardless of the present skill level, age or gender. Such continuous improvement of skills has very beneficial effects on both casual and everyday driving.

Coming back to the initial question as to who needs eco-driving. We believe that all those who value safety of those around them, those who want peace of mind, get more joy from driving and perhaps develop a hidden passion.

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