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Volvo Trucks offers driver development programme

DUBAI, June 8, 2015

Volvo Trucks Middle East is offering a comprehensive driver development programme, by training trainers at the importers, to further educate professional truck drivers in the Middle East.

The programme is focussed on increasing driver knowledge to result in safer driving practices on the region’s roads, greater fuel efficiency, increased uptime and a reduction in environmental impact for businesses, said a statement.

A pioneer in truck innovation and safety, the Swedish premium truck manufacturer offers one of the broadest range of driver specific training programmes in the industry, which cover a range of topics, including health and safety, efficient driving skills and product knowledge.

The Volvo Trucks Driver Development Programme will be run by qualified instructors in Sweden with extensive experience of the truck and transport industry.

The programme has been designed to educate regional trainers to train the drivers, in the region, on working with leading Volvo Trucks features such as I-Shift and Dynafleet, to ensure minimal internal energy is lost whilst optimising uptime and fuel consumption.  

Ian Drury, head of the driver development programme in the Middle East, said: “A large percentage of our customer's business success is dependent on the productivity of its drivers and fleet. A skilled, dedicated driver is proven to be more productive, drive more fuel-efficiently and recognise the importance of safety.

“Today's drivers do not just drive trucks, they’re effectively driving businesses. Our programme can result in up to 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, improved vehicle uptime, greater safety for the driver and other road users, resulting in increased productivity for our customer's businesses.”

Safety for drivers and road users remain at the heart of Volvo Truck's core values. Poor driver safety education can put the lives of drivers and other road users at risk, while also affecting a business financially due to downtime, repair and insurance costs.

The Volvo Trucks Driver Development Programme keeps safety at its core to ensure that truck drivers of every nationality in the region, have a universal language of safety behind the wheel.  

“The driver development 'train the trainer' courses provided by our qualified trainers in Sweden, support our regional trainers to develop our customer's drivers in the region. These programmes have helped raise our drivers awareness of safety on the road, thus helping to reduce the number of accidents and improving the uptime of our vehicles,” said Drury.

“We also gain from the use of Volvo Trucks specific features such as Dynafleet. This service allows the customer to  track the fuel consumption of their entire fleet and help drivers improve their  driving habits, reducing parts wear and tear and  keeping in mind safety, fuel efficiency and environmental care.”

Under the Driver Development Programme, Volvo Trucks trainers will also learn about the newly  enhanced and innovative gearbox. The I-Shift gearbox was upgraded with Volvo’s new FH, FM and FMX ranges in 2014.

The first transmission of its kind is specifically designed for heavy long haulage and construction applications. This new technology offers up to seven per cent fuel efficiency and the combination of a well trained driver and the I–Shift, can save businesses three per cent in fuel costs compared to a manual gear changing system.  

In line with the Volvo Trucks new models, the programme has been tailor-made to cover all the latest innovations and technologies in the trucks. Volvo Truck's new models were designed to provide an attractive working environment for drivers.

The new FH, FM and FMX models offer drivers the world´s best experience in terms of handling, driving and resting comfort, as well as safety and drivability, designed to appeal to the most professional drivers.

The new range offers all-new cab suspension and engine suspension, making the driving experience more comfortable as well as more precise for the driver. The models interior have also been redesigned; with colours and materials carefully selected to create a calm and attractive driving environment. - TradeArabia News Service




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