Car insurance: Eco-friendly driving 'could save motorists money'

Tuesday, 02 March 2010

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The driving test should be widened and include teaching motorists energy-efficient techniques, which would not only cut emissions but save them money as well.

According to the CBI's Tackling Climate Change Closer to Home, those learning to drive should be required to demonstrate that they can move the car smoothly and employ energy-efficient techniques, which would help reduce emissions.

In addition, introducing this requirement to the driving test would see car insurance customers save themselves money on fuel, with the CBI claiming that drivers could pocket between five and ten per cent.

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI director of business environment, said a few simple steps could make a big difference.

"Simply changing gears more smoothly to avoid sharp breaking and acceleration can reduce fuel consumption by a third. Learner drivers already have to demonstrate they can drive in a fuel-efficient way, but this is not a pass or fail element." he added.

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