Go Green, Go Safe

Posted by: Cst. Tim Schewe (Ret) onMarch 12th, 2008

Ouch! Between my trip to work this morning and arriving back at home for dinner gas prices rose by six cents a litre. There are many strategies that you can employ to minimize the hard earned cash that you spend on fuel costs. Who knew that following them might have the additional benefit of contributing to traffic safety?

Driving at a steady speed as opposed to accelerating hard on the green and braking just as hard for the next red can save fuel and minimize wear and tear on your drive train and brakes. Keeping with the flow of traffic rather than dodging from lane to lane to get ahead is not only economical but predictable for other drivers. Predictablility will reduce the chance of a crash.

Having said that, I am sure that I will hear from the go with the flow crowd. They’ve been telling me this for years in an attempt to justify travelling faster than the speed limit. Well, increasing speed from 100 km/h to 120 costs you 20% more fuel. Reducing your speed from 100 km/h to 90 can save you 10%. I will be sticking to the speed limit for more reasons than just because it’s the law now.

Aggressive city driving might save you 4% on the clock, but it can cost you up to 37% at the pump and produce five times the threat to your lungs through increased emissions. Males increase the possibility of a crash by half again and females may triple the risk by driving aggressively. Instead of concentrating on getting there first, think how aggressive behaviour can turn a 117.9 cent litre into the equivalent of a 161.5 cent litre and put you and others at risk.

The bottom line? Think green, drive defensively, save money and save lives. Simple!

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