|´ECO Driving´ is driving in a manner that reduced fuel consumption|
and emmisions and is to become an important part of the driving test.
Below are examples of what you are expected to understand.
|Hazard Awareness/Planning||Identifies hazards in a timely manner allowing adequate time to|
As a result braking and acceleration are smooth and progressive.
|Consistently fails to identify hazards in a timely manner and as|
a result braking and acceleration is rushed and harsh.
|Compliance with Speed limits||Complies with all posted and national speed limits. Ensures that|
speed is always appropriate to road, traffic and weather conditions.
|Consistently fails to comply with posted and national speed limits.|
Drives too quickly for prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions.
|Starting and moving away||Starts engine without excessive use of accelerator. Moves away|
from stops smoothly.
|Consistently uses excessive accelerator when starting engine. Moves|
away from stops harshly, too quickly for conditions.
|Use of accelerator||Uses the accelerator during in normal driving in a smooth manner,|
co-ordinated with other controls. Demonstrates good acceleration
|Consistently uses the accelerator during normal driving harshly.|
As a result progress is made in such a way as to produce an uncomfortable
ride. The stability of the vehicle is affected
|Gear selection||Uses gears sensibly and efficiently. The vehicle is always travelling|
in an appropriate gear for road and traffic conditions. Uses gears
selectively (up and down) and selects highest suitable gear as soon
as possible, without causing engine to labour.
|Consistently fails to use gears effectively and efficiently. Selects|
inappropriate gears and does not use selective gear selection. Causes
engine to over rev or labour due to inappropriate selection.
|Engine braking||Takes advantage of the effects of engine braking when appropriate.||Consistently fails to use engine braking showing an over-reliance|
on brakes to slow the vehicle.
|Engine power/torque||Takes advantage of the power/torque characteristics of a modern|
engine. Utilizes higher gears at lower engine speeds, when negotiating
hazards, without causing engine to labour.
|Consistently fails to take advantage of power/torque characteristics|
of a modern engine. Uses lower gears unnecessarily, not recognizing,
when negotiating hazards, that a higher gear may be appropriate.
|Use of cruise control (when fitted)||Uses cruise control in situations where it would be appropriate without|
compromising road safety.
|Consistently fails to use cruise control appropriately.|