What is eco-driving?

Eco-driving covers driver style, vehicle maintenance and trip planning actions to reduce fuel consumption. Over the last 15 years eco-driving has been increasingly researched, promoted and practically applied internationally – as an instrument of climate change response.

The study

We conducted a study to investigate the effectiveness of eco-driving training for motorists living in Australia.
The combined effect of all the eco-driving training trialled during the study showed a significant 4.6% reduction in fuel use and an average reduction of 0.51 litres per 100 kilometres (l/100km).

Want to know more?

You can download the EcoDrive Research Study reports here:

Try these eco-driving tips and reduce your fuel bill

How you drive your car, keeping it maintained and when and where you drive it, will have an impact on how much you spend on fuel.

  • Monitor your fuel
  • Watch ahead and cruise smoothly
  • Brake and accelerate gently
  • Use the right gear for the conditions
  • Shift through the gears as quickly as possible
  • Don't park and idle
  • Maintain a steady cruise speed on highways - use cruise control where appropriate
  • Minimise air conditioner use
  • Maintain tyre pressure - keep your tyres inflated to the maximum level
  • Remove excess weight and reduce aerodynamic drag - take off the roof racks
  • Service your car to the manufacturer's schedule

Eco Driving Techniques

Fuel bills continue to make a dent in the household budget and concerns are growing about the future of our planet. But you can make a difference simply by changing your driving behaviour. By adopting RACQ's Eco Driving techniques you can reduce both your fuel bills and your carbon dioxide emissions. Why not give it a go?


Things to note

The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.