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HOW CAN DRIVING BEHAVIOUR HELP YOU REDUCE FUEL COSTS AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS?

15/06/2021

HOW CAN DRIVING BEHAVIOUR HELP YOU REDUCE FUEL COSTS AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS?

The experts from Emtec Corp Ltd have shared with us, an article detailing how driving behaviour is one tool to be used to reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

EMTEC’s goal is to fight transport-based emissions and pollution through the use of metrics. We have developed a cloud-based platform that receives data from connected vehicles via smart devices, which can then be used to provide real time analysis of vehicle performance and driver behaviour. EMTEC provides data on vehicle location, trip history, driver behaviour, CO2 emissions as well as acceleration and hard braking metrics.

This is the World's first technology that supports carbon reduction strategies for fleets and enables fleets to measurably reduce emissions in a way that is accurate, validated and compliant.

This means customers can:

  • Accurately measure emissions across their fleet with real-time data on CO2 emissions, driver behaviour and vehicle performance
  • Report carbon footprint reductions compliant with UK Accounting Regulations
  • Model the impact (financial and environmental) of changing their fleet

The UK Government's "Road to Zero" requires 39m fossil fuel vehicles to transform to electric vehicles by 2050 (100% of light fleet), although with transport emissions rising 2.4% pa, pressure to reduce sooner is likely to increase. 

Driver Behaviour

A wide range of studies and research have shown a direct correlation between preventable accidents, fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) and driver behaviour. (See below for links to a range of studies.)

Education around safe driving is a good way to minimise accidents and to help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


The fuel efficiency of a vehicle can be affected by 5% to 30% by driver behaviour, no matter the vehicle size. “Aggressive” driving – acceleration, speeding and braking can lower fuel economy by 33% on motorways and 5% in urban areas.

Here are some tips on driver behaviour that will help to reduce emissions:

  1. Change your driving style
    • Change gear earlier
    • Do not explore the upper reaches of the rev range
    • Brake sooner and more smoothly 
    • Slow down 
  2. Consider your use of the car’s air conditioning system
  3. Reduce idle time 
  4. Maintain the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency (e.g. use a roof box for leisure trips, remove it when not needed). 

Interesting links / studies related to driver behaviour

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352146517310396

https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/directories0/dir-record/research-projects/1089/modify-drivers-behaviour-to-adapt-for-lower-emissions-modales