One of the region’s leading manufacturing companies, Husqvarna, made substantial savings after putting its drivers and managers through a safety and efficiency motoring course.
The Newton Aycliffe-based company, which produces Flymo garden products, has seen its fuel bill reduce and its driver safety record improve following completion of the Safety and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) course.
On average, drivers saved ten miles to the gallon at the end of the course and saw their risk score drop from 11.42 to 1.44.
SAFED courses aim to improve the driving standards of people who drive for work, while also reducing fuel consumption and saving money on transport costs.
“The course has been a revelation to us because not only does it save us money in the long-term, but it helps us to safeguard our employees against collisions that can easily be avoided,” said Paul Mather, Husqvarna’s Health and Safety and Risk Manager.
“The course is not about labelling people as good or bad drivers, but the instructor looks at how you drive and then advises on how you can improve and drive more efficiently.”
For information about the SAFED course, contact the road safety officer at your local council.