Ottawa, Ontario – Fuel-efficient driving information will now be part of the B.C. Safety Council’s driver safety courses, through a new partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat.

Fuel-efficiency information from NRCan’s ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicle’s AutoSmart Program will be incorporated into the council’s eco Hazard Avoidance Tactics (eco H.A.T.) driver safety program, to help participants reduce their vehicle fuel consumption by up to 34 per cent.

“The B.C. Safety Council is an established leader in safe driving instruction,” said Bryan Lowes, executive director of the B.C. Safety Council. “I’m very pleased that the council’s trainers will now be teaching new drivers about fuel efficiency. We have long realized that safe driving practices and driving techniques for fuel conservation are almost synonymous. We look forward to working with NRCan and the Climate Action Secretariat to help our students and their families become more fuel-efficient.”

Through its safe driving courses, the B.C. Safety Council will encourage new drivers to develop fuel-efficient driving habits, which is a direct and effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well.