This month #TeamBCDT celebrated all of Beith’s fabulous drivers by hosting an Eco Driving School, in an attempt to help the community save some cash by being more energy efficient both at home and in the car. Pop-up Beith, our temporary shop front, located on Beith’s Main Street, was transformed into every money saving experts dream for 3 days from the 6th – 8th of March.
Fabulous support from Energy Saving Trust
We were joined by the wonderful Energy Saving Trust who not only provided us with a eco driving simulator, but also brought along their own home energy saving and renewable energy experts.
And a Fuel Efficient Driver Trainer
The Energy saving Trust also organised for local certified FuelGood trainer Kevin McFadzean to take willing participants out for eco driving lessons over the 3 days, which was a
roaring revving success. 6 participants per day took full advantage of the lessons, which challenged them to travel two identical journeys and reduce their miles per gallon score on the 2nd journey. Some people were massively improved by over 20%, one participant Brent Norris was so impressed by new found skills he send a thank you text message detailing his improvement in his own car (a very fancy and fast sports car).
Each participant was also provided with a certificate celebratuing their success during the FuelGood driving lesson, like this one Amanda received. As you can see it shows financially how much can be saved just by changing your driving style slightly.
Simulating some Fun
The driving simulator attracted crowds during the event and provided a lot of entertainment, both adults and children completed to see who could reach the highest miles per gallon driving the car simulator. An electrical good time
Peugeot were also very generous and provided us with an electric car for the duration of the event, which Amanda from #Team BCDT enjoyed driving, although she did incur whiplash after continuously trying to put her foot on the imaginary clutch pedal when stopping, leading to a two footed emergency stop. To add to the cool look of the Ion we had some BCDT branded stickers plastered all over it.
A little healthy Competition
As if we weren’t giving away enough, what with all the free driving lessons, energy saving knowledge and the laughs, a number of competitions were held over the 3 days.
Firstly, a raffle was held in which every individual who entered the event was automatically entered into.
Secondly, a prioze was offered to the person who acheived the highest mpg on the eco driving simulator.
And thirdly, there was a prize the person who improved their mpg most during the eco driving lessons.
Rose Brown won our entrant raffle.
Evelyn McVay acheived the highest mpg score on the eco driving simulator, scoring a fantastic 111mpg.
Susan Nelson improved her mpg on the FuelGood driving lesson the most to an amazing 81.5mpg.