In recent years, much has changed under the bonnet of cars. Think of fuel injections, engine management systems, improved lubricants, fuels and more power at lower revs. All these changes, of course, also require a change in driving style. In practice, we see that many drivers still drive in the way they were taught 25 years ago. This driving style was intended for cars with different car technology, not for the cars we have today. The new driving style makes optimal use of the advantages that the modern engine has to offer. The new driving style is therefore a fun and comfortable one. The new driving style is also safe and saves fuel. The new way of driving does not involve many large adjustments, but relatively small adjustments that pay off in a big way. The new driving style also contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. For this reason, it is also supported by the Ministries of Transport, VROM and Economic Affairs.
Driving style tips from “The New Way of Driving”.
– Shift gears as quickly as possible at 2,500 rpm for petrol engines. For diesel engines this is a maximum of 2,000 rpm.
– Step on the accelerator quickly and decisively so that you can keep up with the traffic.
– As often as possible, drive at an even speed and low revs in the highest gear possible.
– Look as far ahead as possible and anticipate other traffic.
– Try not to downshift too quickly and let the car roll out for as long as possible without pressing the clutch.
– Switch off the engine when making shorter stops. For example, at an open bridge, at a level crossing, in a traffic jam, when you are picking someone up, etc. When you start the car, do so without accelerating.
– Check the tyre pressure every month. This can save you 1 to 2 full tanks a year.
– Whenever possible, use equipment such as a tachometer, cruise control and on-board computer.