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Safe Driving Tips

Eco-safe driving and riding with Fifth Gear

Be an ‘eco-safe’ driver or rider and contribute to road safety as well as reducing your fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Making changes to your driving or riding style will also save you money. From September 2008, anyone sitting a driving test will also get feedback on their eco-safe driving manner.

Eco-safe driving and riding as part of the practical driving test:

From 10 September 2008, if you're sitting a driving test, you’ll also be assessed on your ability to drive or ride in a way that shows eco-safe driving techniques. This assessment is not part of the existing assessment criteria for the practical test and you will not fail your test because you don’t demonstrate eco-safe driving techniques. The driving examiner will assess control and planning, and at the end of the test will give you feedback, as guidance, on how efficiently you’re driving.


Always try to use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible, with particular attention to:

L PlateStarting and moving away.

L PlateAccelerating.

L PlateUsing gears.

L PlateDriving at an appropriate speed.

L PlateElectric windows, Power steering.

L PlateCars fitted with ABS and dual controls.

This reduces wear and tear on your vehicle and will help in reducing CO2.


Reduce harmful emissions by anticipating road traffic conditions and acting in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment, especially:

L PlateShowing hazard awareness and planning.

L PlateMaking use of engine braking.

L PlateStopping the engine when appropriate.

Tips for ‘eco-safe’ driving and riding

Follow these tips as a guide to safe driving or riding for economy:

L PlateCheck your tyres regularly and keep at recommended pressure.

L PlateDon’t carry unnecessary weight.

L PlateRemove roof-rack or luggage boxes when not needed to reduce air resistance.

L PlateDon’t exceed speed limits, accelerate gently.

L PlateConsider using cruise control where it would be appropriate.

L PlateTurn off your engine if you’re likely to have a prolonged wait.

L PlateUse air conditioning only when you need to.

L PlatePlan your route to avoid known congestion points.

L PlateTry to travel during off-peak times.

Further information on eco-safe driving and riding is available in the leaflet ‘Eco-Safe Driving - a guide to safe driving/riding for economy’. This is handed to candidates at the end of their driving test or can be downloaded from the following link.

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Pass Plus

Pass Plus is a training course specifically aimed at new drivers, designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Pass Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge, teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, and can help you to become more confident on the roads.

Learning To Drive

Fifth Gear School of Motoring will provide you with professional driving instructors who are reliable, friendly and patient. Our instructors will attend lessons in cars fitted with dual controls and air conditioning and will provide you with a structured training course tailored to your individual needs.

Your Driving Test

The Multiple Choice Theory and Hazard Perception tests are taken at a test centre. It is recommended that Driving Lessons should be taken with a proficient instructor, they will help you to practice and prepare for the Practical Driving Test. It is at this test where you need to show the examiner that you can drive safely without supervision on the roads.

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