So, what’s ‘eco-safe driving’ when it’s at home? 🤔 In a nutshell: it’s driving in a way that burns less fuel, meaning the planet and your wallet take less of a hit every time you get behind the wheel. Nice!
If you’re a learner driver, you’ll be tested on your eco-safe driving skills during your practical driving test. You might be thinking great… another boatload of information I have to remember while performing under pressure! But good news, though - you can’t actually fail your test for eco-driving errors. But you will be assessed on it and given feedback at the end of the test anyway.
Here’s the thing: eco-safe driving isn’t just for learners. Anyone who wants to lower the impact their driving has on the planet should get familiar with it. Let’s go 👇
We’ve all heard the growling revs of a car engine when a driver’s trying to show off (and it usually results more in irritation than admiration, tbh!).
Eco-safe driving is the exact opposite of this. It’s about driving in a way that means you don’t burn through more fuel than you need to for your journey. It’s also about driving more smoothly so that you don’t wear out your car as quickly. That means:
There’s other stuff as well – like using the aircon less, checking your tires regularly, and turning your engine off if you’re going to be stopped for a while. All these little actions add up to a much more eco-friendly way of driving.
You’ll find a list of loads of eco-safe driving tips for a bit further down. But first… let’s clear up this whole driving test situation 👀
It’s true, your eco-safe driving skills will be checked out when you do your practical driving test. The examiner will pay attention to whether you’re revving the engine too much, accelerating too quickly, overusing the brakes – things like that.
Then, at the end of your test, you’ll be given feedback about all of this. But this won’t affect your overall test result. It’s more of a cautionary “by the way” kind of situation than an official way to mark your driving. Still, considering the cost of fuel and what’s going on with our planet – we’d say this is pretty important stuff.
(Got a test booked in? Take a whizz through our driving test checklist for your practical exam, so you’re good and ready!)
There’s a load of things you can do to lower your car’s impact on the planet before you even hit the road:
PS - if you are thinking of getting a new car, you might find our article about whether it’s still worth buying a petrol or diesel car as the UK’s 2030 ban looms useful.
The way you drive also has a big impact on how much fuel your car burns, and how many fumes it releases. Here’s what to do and what not to do to when it comes to eco-safe driving:
Now that you’re all clued-up on eco-safe driving, it only takes a few minutes to get a quote with Cuvva’s short-term insurance - whether you want to get some extra practice in before your driving test, or you just want to borrow a car.