Our ECO-Friendly Driving Guidance

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As a vital part of our Eco-Friendly Policy we have Implemented Eco Driving Training for our Drivers.

And we feel it will promote the following

  1. Lowering the CO2 Emissions of our drivers Vehicles
    (And anyone else who Follows this Guide)
  2. Will Lower the Fuel Consumption of a Vehicle and give Our Drivers and the General Public over time Significant and Tangible savings in Fuel and Vehicle Consumables.
  3. Will Promote safer Driving
  4. Will Help Reduce Traffic

Here is our guide 

Maintance of the vehicle 

  1. Oil servicing will Reduce Parasitic Drag  within your engine that is caused by Engine oil fatigue .Changing your engine oil will ensure your engine is running at maximum effiicency  .(Parasitic drag is Drag caused by moving a solid object through a fluid medium(In an engines case the Crank and Conrod assembly moving through the engine oil in the sump)
    Ensure your engine oil is changed at the recommend interval.usually between 7000 miles to12,000 miles
  2. Changing the Engine Airfilter is also vital as an old airfilter can become clogged with Dirt and debris thus restricting airlow to the engine and causing the engine to become less efficient
  3. replace airfilter with a AM market item that is free flowing
  4. tracking- a car that pulls to the left or right will be scrubbing of speed and creating unnecessary tyre rolling resistance and lowering the Miles Per a gallon
  5. brakes bindingThis can be cause by
  • Damaging the parking Brake if someone has done a handbrake skid
  • Not changing worn brakes pads soon enough
  • Having had an incompetent mechanic work on your car .

we At Ecotuning www.rsadynamics.com have worked on many cars where previous mechanics who worked on the car have not used High Temprature Copper Grease on the Brake Caliper Sliders .

Sometimes no Grease is used at all
Greasing these “Sliders”  Enables them to Float with the Brake Disc and also prevents them from Corroding and then Seizing .

The brakes can also Seize if when the Brake Pads are Changed the caliper and its compoent make up is not cleaned with special equpment or tools this will cause the piston to partialy seize preventing it going back fully to the reset position and thus forcing the brake pad material to make contact with the brake disc even when the brake is not being applied.

  1. Coolant that warms up quickly or that is denatured and causes the engine to run to hot so its our of the maximim heat efficency window. its also worth mentioning that old Coolant can cause your engine to build up limescale and this will make it harder for the systems of the engine to regulate the engine temp.another downside is old Coolant can cause and engine to rust internally
    (The service Life of cooland is 2 to 4 Years)
  2. check tyre pressures of your vehicle ( if possible use Nitrogen Instead of Air as its more stable) http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/31861/mpg-mythbusters
  3. remove any unnesary weight from the car (f1 calculation)
  4. fit eco tyres will a lower rolling resistance
  5. if possible open your windows rather than using your ac
  6. use your cruise control

Products we recommend

  1. Oxford Digital tyre gauge
  2. bridgestone eco Tyres
  3. Retrofit cruise control
  4.  we recommend Royal purple engine oil for its excllent Paratic Qualitys
  5. Ecotuning’s – Engine Computer Software Update – This can save you a massive 20%- 25% on Fuel bills or around £200 for every £1000 in Fuel .
    The average Motorist does 20,0000 miles a year so this could give you a potential saving of £XXXXX a year .Use our calculator to work out how much you could save in a year

Driving Style 

  1. change gear at peak torque
  2. change gear before the Turbo Boost pressure Builds up to a + Pressure
  3. coast up to junctions and antiipate when you will stop so you coast rather than accelerate
  4. find the RPM your engine is most economical at ( this can be done using a MPG calculator if your car has one )
  5. no WOT throttle movements ( keep the injectors at the lower end of the graph in the injectors duty cycle) – only use 1/4 of the range of the throttle pedal
  6. the Throttle is not an on off switch – coming off the throttle suddenly acutally uses fuel as your engine tries to prevent a sudden jurk as you come of the throttle by shooting more fuel through the fuel injectors .be smooth with the throttle at all time
  7. always be smooth and progressive with the throttle try not to go On the throlle -then off – then on-
  8. switch off your engine while waiting in staffic this will reduce low level gases
  9. leave for a journey early – this will prevent you from having drive at higher speeds
  10. listen to the radio or an interesting cd ( this can prevent you from getting worked up and will shift your focus to driving slower rather than rushing

indirect Eco Driving ( Changes to Driving Culture)

  1. dont hog the middle lane of the  motorway as this causes other people to brake and then forced them to speed up and change lane so as to get past you .stay to the furtherest left lane of the motorway at all times
  2. Indicate as you turn off roundabouts = Communicate – not indicating not only causes unessary traffic jams it also forced people to brake and then accelerate when they could have just maintained the throttle position
  3. dont drive to close to he car in front will create domino effect

Route planning 

  • sometimes travelling a longer distance will actualy save you fuel and lower your co2 output
  • on the way back from a Journey try to drive at the most MPG efficent speed
  • Avoid Hills – talk about Physics and GP engergy etc

Surprising differences with small changes

There are three identical ECO Cars Taxi Drivers doing the same Journey from Reading to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 a Distance of 26 Miles

car A Drives at 67 mph and averages 42 mpg
car B Drivers at 70 mph and does 38 MPG
car C Drivers at 80 MPH and does 32 MPG

  1. How many liters of Fuel will all the cars use
  2. How many liters of fuel will car save
  3. How much Co2 will car a b and c Produce
  4. how much time will each Car Take on the Journey
  5. How much time did Car C save over Car A

take our MPG challenge

use this calculaor to work out your current Mpg (test this by refilling with fuel once your fuel light comes on-filling up withfuel- then using your fuel until the fuel light comes on again)

This Guide was produced along side ECOTUNING – RSADYNAMICS.com – a company that provides vehicle servicing and services designed to save you money in your vehicle running costs and also in turn will protect the envirnoment

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