Sheffield green scheme to drive down fuel

Paul Jacklin, driving instructor
Paul Jacklin, driving instructor

When it comes to eco-safe driving, Sheffield motorists are likely to be more green than savvy.

When it comes to eco-safe driving, Sheffield motorists are likely to be more green than savvy.

Reporter Ellen Beardmore tries eco-friendly driving in Handsworth

Reporter Ellen Beardmore tries eco-friendly driving in Handsworth

But so far 2,000 local people, including staff from South Yorkshire Police and Tata Steel, have taken up the chance to learn more.

The Immotion! partnership, of the four councils in South Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, is encouraging businesses to sign up for the free scheme.

Drivers learn simple tips and tricks to reduce the amount of emissions their car puts out, such as properly inflating tyres, and in turn save cash.

Dave Parkin, director of eDriving Solutions which delivers the training, said: “On average we see a 12 to 15 per cent improvement on the number of miles per gallon measurement just from these little changes.

“If people can save 15 per cent that is £15 in every £100 and we have had people come back saying they can’t believe how much they wasted before.”

The programme is funded by the Department of Transport until March 2016.

Instructor Paul Jacklin, from Jack and Jills School of Motoring, took Star reporter Ellen Beardmore on a mini training session in Handsworth.

Simple tips included block gear changes and planning ahead, setting off downhill without the need for acceleration and using higher gears.

After two circuits, her average speed remained the same at 13 miles per hour but one extra mile per gallon had been achieved.

Paul said: “This shows that you can drive in an eco-friendly way and there is no detriment to the time.

“We all drive now as if we are driving a carburettor but we’ve got fuel injection now and people don’t use it to its full potential.”

Visit www.eco-businessdriving.co.uk.

Tips for eco-driving

-Avoid hard braking and accelerating

-Open a window rather than using air conditiong at low speeds. Air conditioning can use up to three per cent more fuel

-Avoid carrying unnecessary loads - an extra 50kg uses 1-2 per cent more fuel

- Check tyre pressures at least once a month. Correct tyre pressures can save five per cent of fuel