Eco-driving important for UAE until public transport serves needs

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ABU DHABI // In a car-centric country with sweltering summers, encouraging people to switch to public transport might be inconvenient at the moment but experts say altering they way we drive can reduce our individual emissions.

Until public transport develops to the point of making its use more convenient than driving, UAE residents need to look for other ways to reduce their driving carbon footprint.

According to Simon Labbett, project director at Sheida, an Omani road safety body, there are ways to lower emissions simply by driving with fuel economy in mind, rather than speed.

Mr Labbett suggests that driving techniques such as avoiding harsh acceleration, using lower revs and looking ahead to manage driving by anticipation can lower your carbon emissions.

“For example, don’t keep accelerating into a hazard when, with a little more planning, you could have eased off and still arrived at the same point without loss of journey time,” he said. More info