As a former DSA Supervising Examiner that has been trained in the principles of S.A.F.E.D. I now provide SAFED driver training to LGVs and Van drivers.
The Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) programme was designed some 6 years ago by a consortium of leading industry specialists to help drivers improve their safe and fuel efficient driving techniques.
SAFED initially offered driver training for a one-year period but in light of the positive results achieved, the Department for transport extended the funding so that eventually a total of 6000 drivers and 375 instructors were trained to this industry standard.
The programme demonstrated the following benefits:Average fuel savings of 10.01%
Average gear change reductions of 36.90% Reduced CO2 emissions.
Increased defensive driving skills SAFED is a complementary driver development course, consisting of assessment and training. It intends to improve the safe and fuel efficient driving skills of LCV / LGV drivers.
It therefore should complement a much broader programme of commercial vehicle fleet efficiency management. Why have SAFED training? During 2003 UK Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) activity accounted for some 58 billion kilometres (Department for Transport statistics).
Over 90% of this distance was in connection with collection and delivery of goods, travel between home and workplace or journeys between jobs and hence LCVs play an important role in the countries economy. SAFED Vans / LGV safer driving means:
Less injuries and fatalities on our roads. Less accident damage to vehicles. Less unproductive downtime for vehicle repair. The potential for reduced insurance premiums.
Fuel efficiency means:
Lower costs, improved profit margins, reduced emissions and improved environmental performance. Where operators actively monitor and manage the fuel used by vehicles a fleet's fuel consumption can typically be reduced by 10%, with an equivalent cost saving.
Use of safe and fuel-efficient driving techniques as part of fuel management will make a major contribution to this fuel saving.
Fleet Operators & drivers, why get SAFED trained?
*Reduces accidents in the fleet with the associated reduction costs.
*Reduces fuel costs through more efficient driving style.
*Motivates drivers who have received high quality training.
*Introduces improved fuel management.
*Reduces maintenance requirement through improved vehicle sympathy.
For drivers these benefits include: Less stressful driving techniques. More fuel efficient driving, less chance of accidents, no impact on journey time.
The techniques taught can be adopted for use in your own private car, hence personal financial benefits.
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