Corporate Driver Training Australia travelled to Canberra to deliver Low Risk Eco Drive Training for a Canberra municipal council. The brief was to incorporate an awareness and respect of the environment when driving.
The savings in fuel costs to the local government department was a secondary concern.
Council adopted a Climate Change Action Plan for its operations in August 2013. This plan commits Council to a target of a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Many of our attendees were pleased to be able to use the day principles of Eco Driving in their everyday personal driving needs as well as their driving for the local government.
The council will certainly see the benefit of a reduction in fuel expense but the course will also reinforce their underlying operating principle that the environment must be respected in all aspects of both work, private life.
During the course, attendees learnt how to select a low-emissions vehicle, how to prepare a vehicle to reduce emissions and how to drive in a way that reduces emissions.
Most importantly, EcoDrive was all learned in the context of our Low Risk Driving principles
Corporate Driver Training Eco Drive Low Risk Driving Course
A recent article published in a UK publication “Fleet News” analysed the results of 1,900 on road training sessions and concluded that substantial fuel savings are made when Eco Drive techniques are incorporated into driver programs.
The average saving on fuel costs of 9% were acknowledged.
The article also emphasised the benefits of having an Eco Drive component built into delivering important driver safety messages.
It must be mentioned that the research conducted was carried out on a pre-defined circuit, which differs from CDTA’s practices, however, there is a lot we can take from the research itself.
Eco Driver training could yield 9% annual fuel savings
Analysis of 1,900 on-road coaching sessions shows substantial fuel savings when incorporating eco techniques into standard driver training courses.
The initiative integrates the Energy Savings Trust (EST) training methods into AA DriveTech’s courses with each driver completing two laps of a pre-defined road circuit.
Comparative fuel economy figures and average speed figures are recorded both before and after the driver receives practical and easy to follow coaching; each driver is given a driver report to show what they achieved on the day.
With an average saving of 9% on fuel costs, EST says a typical business driver covering 12,000 miles a year could expect to see annual savings between £180 and £210.
Research by EST on pilot schemes showed that 99% of drivers found the techniques learned during the training to be useful for their day-to-day driving, with many achieving much higher savings than expected on the day.
Andy Wheeler, head of the Training Academy with AA DriveTech, said: “An immediate fuel saving of 9% is a great result as our programme is focused on ‘real world’ training in real-life driving situations. Our coaching techniques are completely practical and also deliver additional safety benefits due to the increased focus by drivers on anticipating the driving hazards ahead.”
Bob Saynor, EST driver training consultant, added: “We’re delighted to achieve these figures and it’s completely consistent with our expectations. By building an eco-component into their core driver training, AA DriveTech has started to educate drivers about eco driving skills and delivering safety messages at the same time.”
Information Source : bbpmedia
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