Local Motion is funding Safe and Fuel Efficient Driver (SAFED) Training courses for companies in Darlington and South Durham. SAFED is a one-day certified driving course aimed at business drivers.
Proven benefits include:
Reduced fuel costs
Improved driver safety
Reduced vehicle maintenance costs
Lower carbon emissions
The Road Safety Team at Durham County Council delivers SAFED courses on behalf of the Local Motion Team.
One company from Newton Aycliffe that trained 62 of their drivers improved their fuel efficiency by 27% and potentially:
Saved £63,000 in fuel bills
Reduced their carbon emissions by 116 tonnes
Lowered their company driving risk by 88
Gained 12 miles more per gallon of fuel
Achieved 38% fewer gear changes
Were 4 mph quicker on their journey times
Six months after training, the company revealed that their drivers were taking more pride in driving, there had been no blame incidents or lost production due to road traffic incidents, and their insurance company agreed to keep their premiums static. These short-term results will not only create significant savings for the company in the long-term but create substantial benefits for the drivers, the local community and the wider sustainability effort.
Training is delivered by Level 5 and 6 DSA Approved Instructors who are all SAFED qualified. The course is a full day in duration with a combination of on-the-road practical coaching and group-based discussions examining driver’s attitudes to safety and efficiency. The practical sessions include a baseline driving assessment and post-course comparison drive.
The data gathered gives an indication of wear and tear to the vehicle, of the driver’s ability to perceive hazards as well as direct comparisons in fuel, carbon and monetary efficiencies between the first and final drives.
Course dates can be arranged at the convenience of the company and training is delivered in small groups of 2 clients to 1 instructor. Training can be delivered using any of your company vehicles on a Category B driving license.
Eco Smarter Driving Session
The Eco Smarter Driving Session has been developed for companies that would like to benefit from the SAFED training but are not able to release their drivers for a full day’s training course.
The session is delivered on a one-to-one basis and is based on the same syllabus as the SAFED training course. The training session takes place entirely in the car and yields a 13% improvement in fuel efficiency.
Sessions are run by Level 5 and 6 DSA Approved Instructors and can be delivered using any of your company vehicles on a Category B driving license.
Dates for sessions can be arranged at the convenience of the company.
Find out more
If you’re a company based in Darlington or South Durham and you have business drivers that could benefit from the SAFED Training or the Eco Smarter Driving Session then we would like to hear from you. To find out more about the sessions and to discuss your training requirements please contact Tony Flory, Driver Training Services Officer, on 03000 268172.