Who’s to say whose perceptions are right and whose are wrong?

Maybe it has more to do with point of view than anything else.  And maybe that point of view has to do with how we’re taught, or what we believe to be common knowledge.

Take the act of driving for example.  Common knowledge would suggest that the faster you try to go, the quicker you will get where you want to go.  Common knowledge would also suggest that how we choose to drive is the number one factor in how quickly we can get from point A to point B.

Certainly, that is the perception of  most people.  And who in the world would argue that?

Actually, we would.  And we would argue that claim based on the concepts of ecodriving.

Concepts that include our basic premise that the number one factor that determines time to distance is what we call environmental effect.  No matter how “fast” a driver you are, being at a stop light or a stop sign or stuck in heavy traffic traffic, puts everyone on equal footing in terms of how long it will take to get somehwere.

That’s not the perception of many people though.  The ones that change lanes constantly, follow too closely, accelerate aggressively and ultimately end up in the same place as everyone else at the same time, have a perception that suggests that their “faster” driving will be the the thing that get them there quicker.  

We know that simply is the wrong perception. 

We’re not the only one’s that see that though.  You might be surprised to know that even blockbuster Hollywood hits have shown how environmental effect is what really makes the difference.

Check out the 2003 version of The Italian Job sometime to see what we’re talking about. Yeah, the movie about a huge theft that includes a bunch of hopped up Mini Coopers flying through the streets of L.A.  At first glance, your perception might be that this is the last movie in the world that would prove our time to distance and environmental effect point.

Ah, but you would be mistaken.

Watch the film.  One of the main elements of their success in a dazzling Mini Cooper laden getaway isn’t their actual driving, but rather the fact that they were able to control the flow of traffic by having hacked into the traffic light system!

So, when it was time for the heroes and heroine to make their escape, they had nothing but green in front of them (and gold beside them!).

Now, lets face it, the everyday drive of the average person doesn’t quite come with the same stakes as trying to flee the police with enough stolen gold bullion in your car to buy out Ft.Knox 50 times over, but people sure seem to drive that way at times.


Perception.  The wrong perception. And ultimately, that wrong perception is going to cost those drivers more than their share of gold to pay for all the fuel they waste getting to the same place you do at the same time.

Ecodriving – it works.

About Mike Speck

Lead facilitator and Master Ecodriving trainer for Ecodriving Solutions.
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