Efficient Driving

The efficient driving is a set of driving techniques, coupled with a change in the attitude of the driver, giving rise to a new style of driving according to the new technologies and systems that incorporate modern vehicles.

The institutions support the efficient conduct collaborating in conducting workshops , taught in different autonomous communities and cities, both private car drivers and professionals tourism transport fleet drivers and driving schools teachers.

Efficient use of the car also involves prioritizing the use of public transport and non-motorized transport (cycling and walking) for short trips. Also, carpooling with other travelersimproves energy efficiency of our movements and helps reduce traffic congestion.

Ten keys to drive efficiently

  1. Start-up and commissioning:

Start the engine without touching the accelerator.

Starting off immediately after starting.

In turbocharged engines, wait two or three seconds before starting off.

  1. First up:

Use for the start of the march only.

Change to second to two seconds or about 6 meters.

  1. Acceleration and gear changes:

According revolutions:

In gasoline engines: in the vicinity of 2,000 rpm.

In diesel engines: in the vicinity of 1,500 rpm.

Depending on the speed:

A 2nd speed: 2 seconds or about 6 meters.

A 3rd gear: from about 30 km / h.

A 4th gear: from 40 km / h.

A 5th gear: from 50 km / h.

Accelerate agile after making the change.


  1. Using gears:

Circular as possible in higher gears and low revs.

Preferably circular gears in accelerated further * that gears with the accelerator less depressed.

In town, whenever possible, use the 4th and 5th gear, respecting speed limits.

(*) More efficient use of the accelerator pedal occurs between 50 and 70% of its travel.


  1. Flow Rate:

Keep it as even as possible: search fluidity in traffic, avoiding braking, acceleration and gear changes unnecessary.

  1. Deceleration:

Lift off the throttle and let the vehicle roll with the gear engaged at that moment.

Breaking smoothly with the brake pedal.

Downshifting as late as possible, focusing on the downhill’s.

Circling above 20km / h in gear without pressing the accelerator, fuel consumption is zero! Instead … idling car engine consumes 0.5 to 0.7 liters / hour!

  1. Detention:

Whenever the speed and space allow, stop the car without first downshifting.

  1. Stops:

During prolonged stops (over 60 seconds), you should turn off the engine.

  1. Anticipation and foresight:

Always driving with adequate safety distance and a wide field of vision to see 2 or 3 vehicles ahead.

At the moment an obstacle or a reduction in traffic speed on the road is detected, lift off the throttle to anticipate the following maneuvers.

  1. Security:

In most situations, applying the rules of efficient driving contributes to increased road safety.

But obviously there are circumstances that require specific actions other, so that security is not affected.

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