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15 May 2009 01:05:04

AA encourages drivers to adopt green techniques

AA encourages drivers to adopt green techniques
The AA has urged motorists to sign up for an eco-driving training course that could help improve their finances as well as cutting down fuel consumption.

According to the breakdown repair service and motor insurance provider, eco-minded driving practices - like those taught on its Drive Smart course - can lead to significant savings.

If they were adopted by the majority of drivers, simple procedures - such as keeping the boot empty, decelerating smoothly and reducing usage of air conditioning - could also make a noticeable dent in carbon dioxide emissions from road travel.

Andrew Howard, head of road safety at the AA, encouraged young drivers to adopt such practices because they also promote higher degrees of road safety.

He said: "The great thing about eco-driving techniques, which give you some kind of pay-off, and safe driving techniques is that fundamentally they are the same."

The AA estimates that eco-minded drivers can save over ten percent on their fuel bills just by driving smartly.

It also encourages drivers to get their vehicles regularly services, make sure they use the correct type of engine oil and keep an eye on their tyre pressure to ensure the most efficient possible drive.



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