Competition offers companies and government agencies incentives to drive safely and economically

20140602 Competition offers companies and government agencies incentives to drive safely and economically

Employees of ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Club), the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, PostNL, Shell and Siemens competed against each other recently in fifteen teams as part of the ‘Drivers Challenge’ safe and economical driving competition. The most energy-conscious employees from the organisations took up the challenge during the Shell Eco-marathon. The aim of the competition was to draw attention to the importance of safe and economical driving in a fun but competitive way. The winners were Tom Hendrix and Ron Teunissen from ANWB. An ANWB team also came in second. Third prize went to a PostNL team.

The teams tested the economical driving behaviour of the participants along a 40-kilometre long route on public roads. They drove six Audi A3 Sportback g-tron vehicles from Pon's Automobielhandel. The way in which the driver brakes, accelerates and takes turns has a significant effect on fuel consumption. There was also an agility track for safe driving skills on the grounds of the Ahoy, where various manoeuvres and performance were tested, including slalom, speed estimation, driving along a dotted line and parallel parking. The participants also learned how to safely escape from a car that has flipped over.

The organisations used the Drivers Challenge to contribute their part to making mobility even more sustainable. The Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most challenging student competitions in innovation, technology and sustainability.