Energy Saving and Eco Driving Behaviour: Empirical Evidence from Ibadan, Nigeria

Augustine C. Osigwe, Damilola F. Arawomo


This study empirically examined the impacts of eco-driving behaviour on energy saving. The descriptive method of analysis was complemented with the OLS estimation technique for robustness check. Results from the two methods reinforced each other. 68.1% of the commercial transport operators affirmed that they were aware of driving styles/behaviour that can help reduce the quantity of fuel their vehicle consumes daily. Despite this, 69.2% of them declared their willingness to learn new driving skills/styles. Our study revealed that 81.3% of the transport operators carry overload and that 85.7% of them do not make use of AC when it is functional. Markedly, we found that traffic hold-up is the most factor that hinders 81.3% of the operators from applying eco-driving skill/behaviour. The results of the empirical model indicated that car fuel consumption (CFC) varies positively with model, number of stoppages, idling, over load, air condition and negatively with engine tuning and tire gauge. Based on our findings, we recommend that the stake holders in the road transport business should intensify practical efforts towards increasing awareness on how car fuel consumption could be reduced using of the eco-driving options.

Keywords: Energy Saving, Eco-Driving, Empirical Analysis.

JEL Classification: B21, R4.

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