International Road Safety Training Ltd (IRST) is the first UK training organisation to provide ‘hands on’ practical advanced driver training for qualified truck drivers and commercial vehicle operators. Since 1994 IRST has been offering programmes that specialise in emergency avoidance techniques for the prevention of ‘rollovers’ and ‘Jackknifing”.
Motoring is the only skill which after basic training and testing the person is entitled to drive without any further training required. Bad driving habits develop quickly and tend to remain.
It is becoming increasingly likely that companies displaying bad driving habits or companies whose vehicles are involved in accidents are more than likely to appear on one of the many social media websites. The consequences financially are direct and indirect and could run into thousands.
From the perspective of fuel costs, the impact of good and bad drivers can vary as much as 25%. The challenge for us is to develop advance driving courses giving the driver better knowledge of driving in all conditions.
ABS is now increasingly common, however few drivers have ever been given the chance to learn about its true value. ABS is considered, quite rightly, to be a valuable addition to the overall safety of both driver and vehicle but beyond this assumption it rarely warrants more thought.
Advancements technologically mean that new vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Therefore the driver is able to do the more complex manoeuvres with a vehicle if the driver has been trained accordingly.
This is where instruction from an expert driver training organisation such as IRST will be invaluable to prevent any amount of confusion with regard to the latest technologies.
IRST specialise in training programs helping drivers understand various ABS systems (automatic and manual gearing) and react accordingly in emergency situations.
ABS: Anti-lock Brake System.
TC: Traction Control.
ESP: Electronic Stability Program, an electronic system that stabilises the vehicle and counteracts skidding.
TBA: Trailer Brake Adaption. This system ensures that the braking force of the truck and trailer interact so that no brakes are overused, making the braking combination more stable.
EBA: Emergency Brake Assist. Assists the driver in emergency braking situations.
The Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) standard has been designed as a single standard aimed at improving the safe and fuel efficient driving techniques of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.
The SAFED training programme has been developed specifically to enable both vehicle operators and training providers to implement driver training within the road freight industry.
It provides training and development for existing HGV drivers through instruction relating to vehicle craft and road craft.
Ideally, training should be performed in a candidate’s own (or usual) vehicle.
If this is not possible, the training provider will arrange for a similar vehicle to be available when a course is booked. Some candidates will benefit from training in a laden vehicle, but this is not essential.
REMEMBER: The Driver has the single biggest impact on both fuel consumption and safety.
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