One of the main issues that is discussed in Ecodriving is the time it takes to get from one place to another. The perception is that Ecodriving is always slow driving, and one of the first things that is taught in Ecodriving technique is that how fast you drive has less of an effect on time to distance than stoplights and traffic.
Speaking of traffic and time though, it turns out that when you decide to travel out there on the road can be a critical factor in the time to distance equation.
The less traffic there is on the road, the faster you can get where you want to go and the better fuel economy you will likely see on that trip. If my daily drive to work is any indication, the difference between being stuck in traffic or having a smooth drive to my destination can be as little as a 5 minute interval. If I just leave 5 minutes later than my usual time I get to work 1 minute later than usual but having spent 15% less fuel. And it is all because of the time that I chose to leave.
So, time your trips or your routes well. Think about the things that are truly time sensitive and plan with those things and potential traffic flow in mind.
Sure, it takes some effort and it takes some time. But you get out what you put into it.
And what you get out is time and money.
Ecodriving – it works.