DRIVERS in the West Midlands could save almost £500 a year by driving more efficiently, according to tests carried out by BP Ultimate in their Great British Fuel Efficiency Challenge.
Test drivers from Birmingham and Solihull compared their fuel usage over a route in Birmingham against that of an expert at efficient driving.
The experiment found that the testers drove an astonishing 37% less economically than the expert – for someone who drives around 10,000 miles a year, practising efficient driving would lead to a saving of about £490 a year, and reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 tonnes.
Now other drivers are being challenged to learn the efficient driving techniques for themselves.
The Great British Fuel Efficiency Challenge comes to the West Midlands from the 7-9th July, and fuel and driving experts will be giving free 20 minutes lessons in Efficient Driving throughout Birmingham – participants will drive in a specially adapted car that shows the effect of every move they make as they drive a route around Birmingham. The challenge also offers 20-minute company seminars for companies who want their employees to learn about reducing fuel costs.
Said driving expert Anthony Sale: “Stamping on the brakes and then accelerating hard is efficient driving’s worst enemy. An efficient driver is a smooth driver.”
Other tips given out by BP were to avoid short journeys where possible, keep tyre pressures at the correct level and remove extraneous objects such as roof-boxes, bike racks and unnecessary objects in the boot of the car.
Anyone interested in a lesson on efficient driving or a company seminar, can find more information and sign up at www.