The lessons involved a DVLA-approved instructor taking participants around the local area twice, encouraging them to drive in their usual style on the first lap before giving them fuel efficiency driving tips on their second. By making simple changes to their driving style, the majority of participants improved their fuel efficiency by 10 per cent or more. Some even made improvements of up to 30 per cent, equating to a saving of around £700 a year in fuel costs in their particular car.
The overall most improved driver, improving her fuel efficiency by 30% was Lesley McCaffery, who as a result has won a month’s worth of gym sessions. Pleased with her result, Vauxhall employee Lesley said: “It’s surprising how much money I can now save by making just a few changes to the way I drive. And the best thing is, the tips were all free!”
By driving smarter, Vauxhall can expect to not only lower the fuel costs of company car drivers and to reduce vehicle wear and tear, but also ensure that their employees are safer when driving, as fuel-efficient driving has been proven to reduce the likelihood of accidents.