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November is Eco Driving Month

Start Eco Driving that is economical and environmentally friendly

October 31, 2018

The Eco Driving Promotion Liaison Council, which was formed by the National Police Agency, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), designates November as Eco Driving Month to disseminate and promote eco driving.

1. Eco Driving Month

Based on the Action Plan for Disseminating and Promoting Eco Driving, which was formulated in FY2006, the National Police Agency, METI, MLIT and MOE have jointly made efforts to disseminate and promote eco driving (use of cars with due consideration to reduction of environmental load).

The Eco Driving Promotion Liaison Council designates November, a tourist season when people use cars more often, as Eco Driving Month and proactively carries out PR activities by holding symposiums and various events nationwide in order to promote eco driving continuously. For details of the symposiums and events, see Attachment 1.

2. "10 Recommendations for Eco Driving"

The Eco Driving Promotion Liaison Council compiled preferable acts for eco driving into "10 Recommendations for Eco Driving" in 2003 and partially amended it in 2006 and 2012.

The Council will make further efforts for dissemination and promotion of eco driving based on "10 Recommendations for Eco Driving."

The 10 Recommendations are as follows. For details, see Attachment 2.


"10 Recommendations for Eco Driving"
  1. Go easy on the accelerator ("e-start").
  2. Keep a safe distance to avoid unnecessary acceleration and deceleration.
  3. Release the accelerator earlier for smooth deceleration.
  4. Use the air conditioner appropriately.
  5. Stop unnecessary idling.
  6. Avoid traffic jams and leave earlier.
  7. Check and maintain your car, starting with tire pressure.
  8. Unload unnecessary items.
  9. Do not park your car in a manner that hinders road traffic.
  10. Understand your car's fuel efficiency.

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