With escalating fuel costs, eco-driving helps save money - and the planet - for both agricultural supply companies and private motorists.
Eco-driving instructors Mike Thomson, left and Dave Robson.
Advanced driving instructors Dave Robson and Mike Thomson have joined forces to demonstrate that eco-driving can improve fuel efficiency by an average 10 to 15 per cent with little impact on journey times.
In a new service for the North West, the two Eden Valley based instructors can show drivers with just an hour’s training how to make a typical saving of £312 a year - the equivalent of £12,480 for a company employing 40 drivers.
“We are faced with relentlessly increasing fuel costs with the price of a litre of diesel now nudging 140p and expected to rise further, but for the majority of us living and operating from rural areas in the north, the motor vehicle is is our only option for transport,” said Dave Robson, of Ruckcroft, Ainstable.
“We have been successfully delivering fuel economy training to professional drivers for nearly a decade, but now we feel the need to pass on the key skills needed to save fuel to all drivers without compromising on journey times,” he added.
Both instructors each have more than 20 years’ national fleet training experience as well as Department of Transport qualifications, including SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driver).
While the emphasis of the new Savefuel UK training programme is on corporate savings, private motorists can also benefit from cost-cutting following the one-hour training session.
“Most of the large logistics companies across the UK have been running fuel efficiency schemes for their lorry fleets and Savefuel UK’s aim is to provide those money saving skills to company car and van drivers as well as private individuals wanting to cut their motoring costs,” said Mike Thomson, of The Dale, Ainstable.
With a realistic 10 per cent saving on fuel costs, there is a swift return on training. Mr Thomson gave an example of a driver covering 20,000 miles a year in a vehicle which averaged 40mpg, savings on diesel at a cost of £1.37 per litre would amount to £312 a year.
Drivers will receive the hour-long, one-to-one assessment and training which can be tailored to requirements including the venue and the vehicle, from cars to small vans - either the driver or company’s own or a vehicle provided by Savefuel.
Complementary demonstrations can be given to company decision makers prior to setting up a programme for employees and refresher training can also be provided to maintain saving improvements.
Drivers can get more information by calling Dave Robson on 01768 896509 or 07527 568565.
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