New drivers practice and study to learn the rules of the road. In the U.K., new drivers are also being tested on how they can become more efficient drivers.
The Driving Standards Agency, which examines new drivers, is beginning to test not only proper ways to stop and go, and how to park and shoulder check, but also how efficient a driver should be. Efficient driving, such as not speeding too much and avoiding sudden brakes, could save motorists a whole month’s worth of fuel each year, according to the government agency.
New drivers will be tested during their examination on the proper way to gear up or down and how to look further down the road to reduce stops and starts. The motto for new drivers to absorb is: Gears are for going, brakes are for slowing.
Other lessons new drivers will be taught is to remove unnecessary clutter from their cars and not to regularly use roof racks to improve their fuel efficiency. The plan is to get driving instructors to help new drivers learn how to be greener while on the road.
While no one will be failed for not knowing how to improve their fuel efficiencies, the driving agency hopes that the next generation of motorists will be better eco-drivers.
written by Kelsi, September 15, 2008
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