What is meant by ECO driving?
What is ECO driving?
ECO driving refers to “economical, ecological and safe” driving. The concept has gained in popularity in the transport industry over the past few years. The new generation of fleet management systems offer increasingly better insight into driver’s driving style and fuel consumption. By analysing the driving behaviour, carriers can significantly optimise the driving style, thus reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, maintenance costs, instances of damage and accidents. ECO SCORE is an index that shows to what extent the driver adheres to the ECO driving principles and, consequently, how (energy-)efficient his driving behaviour is.
Economical and ecological advantages of ECO driving
Based on the incoming data on braking behaviour, speed, number of revolutions (rpm), emergency stops, gear changes, stopping or not stopping the engine when stationary, etc., for each and every driver, carriers can continually evaluate their team and coach them to drive more economically and fuel-efficiently – in line with the ECO driving principles. ECO driving helps transport companies save thousands of euros on fuel every year, per truck, while reducing the emission of CO2 and other hazardous gases.
Moreover, anticipating driving behaviour lowers the accident risk which, in turn, helps carriers save on insurance taxes and maintenance costs. ECO driving further enhances road safety and helps carriers reduce damage to their fleet.
ECO driving ensures driving comfort and enhances the company image
Drivers who follow the rules of ECO driving, testify that they’re driving more comfortably and relaxed. This will positively impact their motivation while, in fact, they do not drive slower than other drivers. Last but not least, ECO driving positively impacts a carrier’s image: stakeholders and the general public appreciate a sustainable approach.
ECO driving and ECO SCORE
The ECO SCORE indicates to what extent drivers are adopting the principles of ECO driving, i.e. how economical, ecological and safe their driving behaviour is. Training, coaching and permanent monitoring will help drivers improve their ECO SCORE.