Does $mart Driving Really Work?
You’ll learn about the Top Tools of Driving $marter
The goal of this course in $marter Driving through the use of these “Tools For A Lifetime” will give you the skills to:
"Tools for a Lifetime" can be simple or complex. It could be some free training at a D$W Meet or at a free corporate "Fuel for Thought" brown bag lunch session or an after-church gathering of members.
Or it could be an entire corporate training program involving all levels of management and that would incorporate short and long term goals.
Either method, simple or complex, will involve some classroom instruction and then have some behind the wheel training as well.
But it will all start with the desire to change.
Most drivers have learned to drive when fuel was cheaper and the knowledge of environmental damage was limited. But we all know these metrics have all changed and yet most still drive the way they were taught.
"Tools for a Lifetime" changes all that. New driving habits are taught to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, all using the HU factor and the most powerful computer ever built...the human brain.
The simple and truthful answer is NO.
For all those who have gone on a diet, tried to quit smoking, promised to exercise more have learned is that desire and hope is easy but actually doing it is hard.
Most have been driving the same way for many years and those skills have been "hard wired" into our human computer. Learning a new set of skills will not be like "rebooting", it's more like rewiring the entire computer system and upgrading it.
Driving $marter can be done, but it'll take desire, knowledge, patience and practice. D$W and all its members will be here to help and support you so you don't feel alone out there.
D$W believes that the best "tool" to fuel efficiency rests with the HU factor, the driver. However, drivers needs the best tools to assist them and the ScanGauge is a most essential tool to achieve maximum efficiency and performance.
The SG will help you monitor your vehicles most vital systems, including battery pack data in PHEV/EV's, and provide instantaneous and real time data to achieve high efficiency. Features more than 15 built in digital gauges, 5 sets of trip data and an easy to use scan tool to read and cancel trouble codes as needed. The SG monitors vehicle data through the OBD2 port and installs in minutes and is transferable from one vehicle to another.
Two models of SG's, the Two and the E, are available to any D$W member at a discount price with a lifetime warranty from Linear Logic.
Cold weather has an effect on all vehicles, whether conventional, hybrid, plug-in or electric. Efficiency losses can be from 10-15% or higher based on an individual vehicle and weather conditions.
To mitigate some of the initial effects of cold weather in conventional or hybrid vehicles, an electric block heater is an essential cold weather tool.
Pre-heating of an engine is primarily used to make it easier to start. Added benefits are:
Combining an EBH with the use of other Drive $mart Winter Driving techniques can help reduce the cold weather effect on fuel efficiency.
D$W has EBH's for all Toyota Prius HEV's at discount rates and may have them installed locally for a nominal donation to our mechanics.