SAFED - Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving
Since it’s inception in 2003, Wallace School of Transport has worked closely with the Department for Transport's Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) scheme and aims to encourage driving techniques that improve safety and save fuel, thereby cutting costs and CO2 emissions.
The training has been immensely popular and so far SAFED programmes have trained more than 13,500 truck drivers and 9,500 van drivers.
SAFED is a one-day driver development programme combining a mixture of off-the-job learning and 'live' in-cab tuition. It assists drivers to implement modern day driving techniques such as:
- better use of gears and brakes
- keeping correct braking distances
- better road awareness
- improving safety and fuel efficiency
Some of the SAFED training is part funded although hauliers and bus and coach operators make up around 50% of the costs.
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
- Improved environmental performance