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'Eco-driving' plea to motorists

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The Energy Saving Trust aims to cut carbon emissions through 'eco-driving'

Scots motorists are being encouraged to adopt "eco-driving" techniques in a bid to be more environmentally-friendly and save money.

The Energy Saving Trust said "greener" driving habits could save motorists in Glasgow 24.5m a year and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 64,000 tonnes.

It will bring a driving simulator to Braehead Shopping Centre later to demonstrate eco-friendly techniques.

Advisers will also visit Cumbernauld Shopping Centre.

The campaign offers four key pieces of advice for motorists:

  • Shift to as high a gear as possible
  • Anticipate road conditions and drive more smoothly
  • Maintain a steady speed in as high a gear as possible
  • Drive a little slower than your normal speed

John Mcmenemy, from Energy Saving Scotland, said: "We want eco-driving to become a regular driving habit and not something drivers do just when they remember.

"If every motorist in Scotland were to adopt one eco-driving tip a week we'd be on our way to making a big difference, both to the environment and drivers' pockets."

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