Five-star Ecosafe Drivers

This research programme examines methods for improving education on safe and fuel efficient driving techniques.

Expert steering group

  • Elizabeth Yeaman - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority 
  • Iain McGlinchy - Ministry of Transport
  • Peter King - AA Research Foundation
  • Simon Gianotti - Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Joern Scherzer - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  • Cate Quinn - New Zealand Transport Authority


Stage one

A Literature Review by TERNZ established that a number of countries are pursuing fuel-efficient driver education programmes due to the dual benefits of safety and fuel efficiency

An AA Member survey found that the AA Members who would benefit most from fuel efficient driving think they know most about it, but in fact do it least.

Stage two

Opus International Consultants carried out an investigation into how eco-safe driving performance can be ascertained by gathering certain metrics (measurements). It was found that actual fuel consumption was not useful compared to measurements such as speed, the frequency of braking events and their decleration.

Stage three

The third stage of this programme is to test the hypothesis that fuel efficiency can be used as a better measure (because it is continuous) of driver risk than relatively rare events such as crashes or tickets. This will require an experiment which combines a naturalistic driving experiment which directly observes risk, the proxy measurements for fuel efficiency identified in stage two and the fuel efficiency measures directly. This stage is being rolled into the third stage of the Inattention, Distraction and Fatigue project.

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