Blue Lamp Trust advocating eco-driving to cut motoring costs and save the planet

Daily Echo: ECO DRIVE: Rebecca Pearson picks up some green driving tips from David Watkins of the Blue Lamp Trust. ECO DRIVE: Rebecca Pearson picks up some green driving tips from David Watkins of the Blue Lamp Trust.

I AM at the controls of a brand new Mercedes because I have been told I could knock hundreds of pounds a year off my fuel bill.

It is not because this car is newer than my Peugeot 206, or the fact it is packed full of modern fuel-saving gadgets. It is down to how it is driven.

As someone who spends more than an hour a day crawling to work through traffic on the M27, I was keen to learn how.

Senior instructor Dave Watkins from the Eastleigh fire station-based Blue Lamp Trust took notes on my driving as I cruised along the motorway at 70mph.

When we had reached a car park in Hedge End, he checked the on-board computer and noted my eco score.

The car had done 48 miles-per-gallon during the 15-minute drive and the trip was just five per cent eco friendly.

Dave advised me of the changes I should make, recommending that I change gears sooner, stay at 60mph, look further down the road and leave bigger gaps between other vehicles making it easier to maintain a constant speed and reducing the need to brake heavily when other vehicles slowed in front.

He also recommended trying to keep the car moving as much as possible, even if it was slowly.

Starting the engine once more I put his advice to the test.

Back at Eastleigh fire station the on-board computer stated that the journey back had been 75 per cent eco friendly, with the car running at 74.3 miles-per-gallon.

Yet it had only taken two minutes longer – understandable because of the increased traffic on the way back.

Using the advice made the drive home more than 50 per cent more fuel efficient which, if all of the tips are followed, could translate into hundreds of pounds worth of savings every year.

Dave, who joined the Blue Lamp Trust three years ago after spending four years teaching police responding to emergency calls, said: “It doesn’t take much in the way of modifying a driving style to produce a significant reduction in fuel consumption.

“The cost of fuel has increased to record heights and it’s a limited resource, so we have got to make it last longer. We should also consider the effects on the environment.

“Reducing the CO2 emissions will have a knock-on effect to our health including breathing-related illnesses such as asthma.

“With eco driving it improves safety in a number of ways because we pay more attention to our vehicle checks, so our cars will be safer before we get on the roads and our increased vehicle spacing will improve safety in relation to rear end shunts and that will go a long way to reducing insurance premiums.”

The Blue Lamp Trust has recently launched two eco driving courses to help individuals and businesses slash fuel bills.

Drivers can choose between a three-hour classroom-based course or a one-hour course behind the wheel and they will get a certificate on its completion.

All proceeds go to the Bobby Scheme, which last year secured 2,500 elderly and vulnerable people’s homes, including installing smoke alarms and door chains.

• THE trust is offering a limited number of free places on the eco course which will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

For more details, call 0300 777 0157 or visit bluelamptrust.org.uk.

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11:20am Wed 12 Mar 14

derek james says...

nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates derek james
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Rebecca what an apt cardy..........do you buy it just for the test ?????????
Rebecca what an apt cardy..........do you buy it just for the test ????????? townieboy
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

andysaints007 says...

derek james wrote:
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
There's always one boring plank that just can't take an article for what it is!
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates[/p][/quote]There's always one boring plank that just can't take an article for what it is! andysaints007
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

S!monOn says...

derek james wrote:
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
lol @ co2 have no effect on health.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates[/p][/quote]lol @ co2 have no effect on health. S!monOn
  • Score: 1

2:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

derek james says...

andysaints007 wrote:
derek james wrote:
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
There's always one boring plank that just can't take an article for what it is!
and what exactly is it supposed to be? if journos are paid to write articles they should be informative and not state the blindingly obvious.i've seen better articles in the "sun" motoring column (which i might read in the local takeaway, wouldn't dream of buying it).if you think it has good journalistic content i would suggest you are a "plank"
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates[/p][/quote]There's always one boring plank that just can't take an article for what it is![/p][/quote]and what exactly is it supposed to be? if journos are paid to write articles they should be informative and not state the blindingly obvious.i've seen better articles in the "sun" motoring column (which i might read in the local takeaway, wouldn't dream of buying it).if you think it has good journalistic content i would suggest you are a "plank" derek james
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3:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

derek james says...

S!monOn wrote:
derek james wrote:
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
lol @ co2 have no effect on health.
i think you will find co2 has no significant effect on health, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide certainly do (all emitted from vehicles). unless you can enlighten us? if there was no co2 there would be no plants
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates[/p][/quote]lol @ co2 have no effect on health.[/p][/quote]i think you will find co2 has no significant effect on health, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide certainly do (all emitted from vehicles). unless you can enlighten us? if there was no co2 there would be no plants derek james
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

downfader says...

Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run. downfader
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3:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

S!monOn says...

derek james wrote:
S!monOn wrote:
derek james wrote:
nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates
lol @ co2 have no effect on health.
i think you will find co2 has no significant effect on health, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide certainly do (all emitted from vehicles). unless you can enlighten us? if there was no co2 there would be no plants
Unfortunately, we're not plants.

co2 content in fresh air poses no significant risk to humans, BUT in high levels pose a significant threat to human life. So, your use of just "co2 emissions have no effect on health" without further explanation is rubbish. Bit like saying McDonalds patty burgers have no effect on health.....
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: nothing there really that an experienced driver should'nt know, no mention of the old chestnut about carrying excess stuff in the boot.surely the best tip to save money is not to buy a brand new car!co2 emissions have no effect on health, in fact there would be no life on earth without it.the same can't be said about nox and diesel particulates[/p][/quote]lol @ co2 have no effect on health.[/p][/quote]i think you will find co2 has no significant effect on health, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide certainly do (all emitted from vehicles). unless you can enlighten us? if there was no co2 there would be no plants[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, we're not plants. co2 content in fresh air poses no significant risk to humans, BUT in high levels pose a significant threat to human life. So, your use of just "co2 emissions have no effect on health" without further explanation is rubbish. Bit like saying McDonalds patty burgers have no effect on health..... S!monOn
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4:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption. Torchie1
  • Score: 2

6:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Torchie1 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.[/p][/quote]It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either. Forest Resident
  • Score: 1

7:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

The hardest task will always be to persuade teeny weeny boys that the 1 ton 14 year old metal box with the inadequate exhaust and the boom boom woofers or tweeters or whatever the aids to the feeble minded are called is not an extension of their worm- like male member.
The hardest task will always be to persuade teeny weeny boys that the 1 ton 14 year old metal box with the inadequate exhaust and the boom boom woofers or tweeters or whatever the aids to the feeble minded are called is not an extension of their worm- like male member. Dai Rear
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7:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

downfader says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.
Or the Portsmouth and Bournemouth running events.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.[/p][/quote]It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.[/p][/quote]Or the Portsmouth and Bournemouth running events. downfader
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.
In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)"
Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.[/p][/quote]It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.[/p][/quote]In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)" Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles. Torchie1
  • Score: -1

7:52am Thu 13 Mar 14

downfader says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.
In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)"
Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles.
See thats the trouble with you Torchie. You're so brainwashed by the car that you wont accept other alternatives. Either that or you just babble on here to sound off.

Plenty of people are making the switch and benefiting from it. You dont have to come here and immediately bang your fist when people propose options. Thats your problem, not ours.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.[/p][/quote]It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.[/p][/quote]In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)" Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles.[/p][/quote]See thats the trouble with you Torchie. You're so brainwashed by the car that you wont accept other alternatives. Either that or you just babble on here to sound off. Plenty of people are making the switch and benefiting from it. You dont have to come here and immediately bang your fist when people propose options. Thats your problem, not ours. downfader
  • Score: 0

10:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

derek james says...

downfader wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.
One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.
It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.
In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)"
Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles.
See thats the trouble with you Torchie. You're so brainwashed by the car that you wont accept other alternatives. Either that or you just babble on here to sound off.

Plenty of people are making the switch and benefiting from it. You dont have to come here and immediately bang your fist when people propose options. Thats your problem, not ours.
it's a bone of contention that electric cars get a five grand subsidy from the taxpayer but electric bikes get nothing!
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Actually Derek James is right about not buying a new car. Family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here. (As I often say). One of them is an electric bike that costs about 20p a week to run.[/p][/quote]One of the biggest problems for the Wiggle New Forest race organisers is to find a venue with enough parking to accommodate the entrants. They don't seem to worry about emissions or fuel consumption.[/p][/quote]It doesn't seem to be a problem or a worry for the New Forest show and Beaulieu Auto Jumble organisers/attendees either.[/p][/quote]In your desperation to score points, I think you overlooked the post at the beginning. Take a few minutes to read and understand "family got around the emissions and fuel consumption issues with bikes here (As I often say)" Nothing to do with any other events where they don't try to make a religion out of riding bicycles.[/p][/quote]See thats the trouble with you Torchie. You're so brainwashed by the car that you wont accept other alternatives. Either that or you just babble on here to sound off. Plenty of people are making the switch and benefiting from it. You dont have to come here and immediately bang your fist when people propose options. Thats your problem, not ours.[/p][/quote]it's a bone of contention that electric cars get a five grand subsidy from the taxpayer but electric bikes get nothing! derek james
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