smart has unveiled a new green driving initiative called ‘smart eco driving’. Developed alongside the launch of the smart fortwo cdi, apparently the lowest CO2 emitting car in production, the initiative builds on smart’s green driving credentials and teaches motorists how to drive in the greenest and most economical way.
The initiative is designed to encourage all drivers to adopt smarter driving techniques to enable them to save money and cut back on CO2 emissions via a smart tutorial. Green driving courses will also be available from Mercedes-Benz World later this year. Motorists will be able to book a theory lesson to learn tips on how to effectively reduce both fuel consumption and emissions, as well as practical tuition with a professional eco-driving instructor where the techniques can be put into practice.
Watch the top 10 smart eco driving tips below (click here if you can’t see the video).
Additional smart driving tips include:
-Reduce driving speeds by 10mph where safe to – higher speeds use more fuel
– Regularly check tyre pressure – under-inflated tyres use more fuel and need replacing more regularly
– Air conditioning uses fuel so turn it off and open the window a fraction – ideally no more than 10% as full open windows can create drag
– Turn the engine off if stationary for more than 10 seconds – smart’s mhd system does this automatically
– Cruise control can help minimise inadvertent variations in throttle
– Reduce loads – clear the boot of unnecessary junk
– Regularly check air and fuel filters, as well as spark plugs – clogged filters can reduce efficiency
– Roof racks increase drag – take them off when not in use
– Use the MPG indicator (trip computer) so you’re always aware of how much fuel has been used
– Plan journeys well in advance and try to avoid times that will be congested