Simulator helps reduce fleet costs

Simulator helps reduce fleet costs

Fuel is an expensive part of running a fleet and a constant concern for many organisations. Simulated driver training is an effective training method that can lead to a reduction of over 10% in fuel costs - savings which quickly cover any training expenditure and which keep on saving your business money for years into the future.

Not only does simulated driver training help reduce fuel costs it also teaches safer driving techniques helping to boost observational skills and improve motoring awareness, helping drivers to reduce the likelihood of accidents whilst out on the road.

Health and Safety law requires employers and the self employed to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare of all employees and to safeguard others who may be put at risk from their work activities - including work-related driving activities. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 covers "any statutory provision dealing with health and safety matters", and includes transport as enforced by the HSE and local authorities.

Safer driving techniques help protect your staff and also prevent incidents which can prove extremely costly – especially when factoring in vehicle downtime, repair bills, increased insurance premiums and reputational damage.

Effective simulated driver training can help employees really get to grips with driving in adverse weather. Unlike ‘in-car’ training, where conditions can’t simply be selected on the day to match training requirements, simulated driver training can put drivers through their paces with snow, ice, rain, high winds and thick fog all in one session.

A simulator lesson is taken by an Approved Driving Instructor for the Driving Standards Agency. The instructor sits alongside the driver of the simulator and gives instruction whilst on the move similar to an in-car driving lesson. One of the main advantages is the driving instructor has the ability to reset the simulator and give the driver the opportunity to experience an identical situation again. If a driver crashes or performs a dangerous manoeuvre, it becomes easy to start the simulator again and, with guidance from the driving instructor, approach the situation again. Even if on the road you were to turn around and visit the same location, you couldn’t replicate the environment.

Simulator training doesn’t replace on road training but is a tremendous add-on. Tadea’s Effective Transport Solutions driver training centre based in Washington - the first of its kind in the UK – is holding an event to mark the expansion of its services. The event will take place on 22 October 2014 from 9:00am – 11am at Effective Transport Solutions training centre, Future Technology Centre, Barmston Court, Barmston Lane, Nissan Way, Washington, Tyne & Wear SR5 3NY.

This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to find out more about simulated training, take a test drive and experience the benefits of simulated driver training first hand.

Anyone wishing to attend can register by completing the online registration form