Sep 17 2009 By Liverpool City Council
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mike Storey will be taking the Smarter Driving Challenge next week with the Energy Saving Trust.
The Smarter Driving Challenge encourages drivers to think about their driving style and to adopt habits that will help them use less fuel on the road, saving them money and reducing their carbon emissions.
On Monday 21st September, the Lord Mayor will be taking to the road with a qualified Smarter Driving Instructor to learn about smarter driving techniques and reducing his carbon emissions when on the road. He will then join council employees at Liverpool Town Hall to take a turn on Energy Saving Trust’s innovative new driving simulator.
Council employees will benefit from free advice from the Energy Saving Trust’s expert energy advisors on how they can reduce their fuel emissions and get more miles for their money. They can test their driving skills on the smarter driving simulator and see how they fare on the leader board. There will be a prize for the council’s most efficient driver.
By following the Energy Saving Trust’s smarter driving tips, drivers can expect to save the equivalent of one months worth of fuel every year.
Steve Lang, Manager of the Energy Saving Trust advice centre Merseyside and Cheshire said: “In the current climate, smarter driving makes perfect sense. Simple actions such as checking your tyre pressure and making sure you’re not carrying excess weight in your car means you will use less fuel when driving. It’s better for the environment, you’ll save money and it’s safer too!”
“Our smarter driving game is designed to educate people about eco-driving. They can try out their current driving style and get instant feedback from our advisors to help them use less fuel next time they’re on the road. Plus it’s good fun.”
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, said: “It’s fascinating that just by making small changes to our driving styles we can make a massive difference to our carbon emissions.
“I’m really looking forward to my green driving test and it will be interesting to see what we can all do differently to not only help the environment but also save some money at the same time.
“And it won’t just be me benefiting from this initiative - as part of Liverpool’s Year of the Environment, 200 city council staff will also be taking the Energy Saving Trust’s Smarter Driving lessons over the forthcoming months. This is fantastic news as they can pick up some green driving tips and pass them onto their colleagues making us an even greener city.”
Liverpool’s Smarter Driving Challenge takes place on 21st September at Liverpool Town Hall from 9am to 5pm.
For more information about smarter driving, for advice about low emission cars that suit your lifestyle or to book smarter driving lessons for your business call the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012.