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  • Follow Eco-friendly and Economic Driving Rules and Save Fuel

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    – Seoul published the “10 Rules for Eco-friendly and Economic Driving,” which lists simple ways to reduce annual fuel consumption, green house gas emissions and the number of traffic accidents.

    -The ten rules booklets were distributed to 25 autonomous districts, driver’s license test courses in downtown areas and others. PR video clip regarding the rules is under making.

    -Increasing of the fuel efficiency by 10 % can save 182L fuels, and the full adoption will translate into a total savings of 1.07 trillion won, which equals to 360,000 won saving per person.

    – GHG emissions would be reduced by a total of 890,000 tons, of which environmental impact equals the effects of planting 180 million pine trees. Fine air particles (PM2.5) will also be cut by about 79 tons.

    – An analysis on education effects on intra-city bus drivers found the rules can reduce the traffic accidents occurrence by 8% and reduce casualties by 14% as well as serious injuries by 36%.

    -SMG concluded a business agreement with 11 organizations including Korea Transportation Safety Authority, to educate and promote the campaign to 85,000 citizens.

    -Eco-friendly and economic driving related test-items and sections will have more weighted value both in driver’s license written and performance test.

    -SMG expects that the full adoption of the campaign will help a household economy as well as promotes safe driving culture.


    Seoul Metropolitan Government recently published the “10 Rules for Eco-friendly and Economic Driving,” which lists simple ways to reduce annual fuel consumption by 10%. The rules are easy to follow as it involves correcting small habits yet can effectively reduce tire replacement and other maintenance expenses. When fully complying, a driver can save up to 360,000 won a year.

    ※ 10 Rules for Eco-friendly and Economic Driving

       ① Follow the speed limit
       ② Eliminate the ‘3 Quicks’ (Quick Start, Quick acceleration, and Quick braking)
       ③ Stop unnecessary idling
       ④ Put your car in neutral when waiting at traffic lights
       ⑤ Limit the use of air conditioning and heating
       ⑥ Empty your trunk to reduce the weight of your car
       ⑦ Don’t step on the gas when going downhill
       ⑧ Before starting a car, check transportation information.
       ⑨ Get your car inspected once a month.
       ⑩ Avoid using fake fuel

    One of the campaign rules suggests emptying your trunk to lighten the overall weight of the car. Also, by putting your car in neutral while waiting at traffic lights, you can prevent wasting energy and fuel. Coasting downhill, instead of stepping on the gas can also help reduce the use of fuel.

    By following these and the rest of the 10 rules, it is possible to reduce one’s total fuel consumption by 182L a year, which translates into a savings of 360,000 won per person. If all 3 million vehicles s registered in Seoul were operated following these rules, it would amount to a total savings of 1.07 trillion won, an SMG official explained.

    In terms of an environmental effects, if all registered cars in Seoul were to participate in this movement, CO2 emissions would be reduced by a total of 890,000 tons, which would have the same environmental impact as planting 180 million pine trees every year. Through the campaign, Seoul Metropolitan Government also hopes to reduce fine air particles (PM2.5) by about 79 tons, which would greatly alleviate some of the city’s air pollution concerns.

    In addition to its financial and environmental benefits, SMG expects that following the ten rules of driving will help prevent traffic accidents and promote a culture of “safe driving”, for practicing the aforementioned rules would reduce the occurrence of traffic accidents by 8% and reduce casualties by 14% as well as serious injuries by 36%.
    ※ The numbers are based on the analysis by the education effects on intra-city bus drivers. 3,066 out of 3,119 trainees in 2012 were educated with the green and economic driving rules and the effects of the program was reviewed six month after the education. (Released by Korea Transportation Safety Authority, December, 2013)

    On May 23 (Fri), a city government official announced that booklets which summarizes 10 Rules for Eco-friendly and Economic Driving was published and distributed to 25 autonomous districts and four driver’s license test courses in downtown areas for public education.

    SMG plans to develop and offer various audio and visual materials on the ten rules, such as video clips and animations, so that green and economic driving culture can take a root at an early stage.

    In prior to publishing the ten rules, SMG in April 1 concluded business agreements with 11 organizations to promote green and economic driving campaign. The 11 organizations will launch a green and economic driving education program and actively promote the campaign. It is expected that about 85,000 citizens will be reached by the end of this year.

    As much as it is critical to develop the green and economic driving habit from getting driver’s license stage, SMG and Road Traffic Authority agreed to increase the number of related written test items and give more weight on green and economic driving evolution during performance test.
    In case of written tests, which consist of 500 items out of test item pool, the number of green and economic driving-related test items will increase from the current 8 items.

    As for performance test on the road, more points will be taken off if a test applicant does not put the car in neutral when waiting at traffic lights or commits one or more of the ‘3 Quicks’ (Quick Start, Quick acceleration, and Quick braking).

    Kang Hee-eun, an official from Eco-friendly Transportation Department of SMG, said, “In Seoul, as much as 63% of air pollutants and 20 % of green house gases are emitted from transportation vehicles including automobiles. This means that the full adoption of 10 Rules for Eco-friendly and Economic Driving can make a real difference for the environment. In addition, it will greatly help our economy as well as promote safe driving culture. We hope citizens strongly support the campaign and act on the rules for their own benefits.”