Scania Driver Coaching

Driver Coaching

Education is usually a long-term investment. But when it comes to driver training, the results can show right away, boosting your drivers and your business in a way most fleet owners are not aware of or think it’s possible. Better yet is that these improvements apply to both new and seasoned drivers – and can be made to last. With our personalized coaching, drivers can reach the absolute top of their potential. And stay there. Achieving excellence with Scania does not require a lot of time. All training is hands-on and work-related. The cab is our classroom and small refinements are often all it takes to make a world of difference. Three top benefits are

Reduces the risk of having a crash.
Improved Fuel Consumption by learning a cost-effective way to drive.
Less wear and tear the components of the vehicle by learning economical defensive driving techniques.

Scania Driver Coaching is a service that makes a difference for the customer, lowering fuel consumption and improving vehicle handling, understanding and driver behavior that could lead to lower R&M cost and higher residual value. This is a long-term investment for customers, that can deliver immediate results.

“ Recently I had been to a customer that said they were experiencing a lot of clutch and gearbox problems, after observing many of their drivers, I advised the customer that the majority of the drivers did not understand how to use that specific gearbox and drove very erratically and harshly, this is consistent with my observations overall in this area. After giving the drivers advice as well as demonstrating the correct technique and showing them how to slow down the vehicle more safely using the auxiliary brakes initially, with no loss of time, there should now be a significant change in their driving standard.

I come across the same common problems in all Companies I’ve seen, for example not using the Auxiliary Brakes correctly, poor understanding of the Gearbox, not understanding the instruments and controls, which in turn can cause unnecessary damage to the vehicle by either not using something or incorrectly using it but to name a few. With a simple understanding of the vehicle through Driver coaching, there is less downtime and more safe driving.”

David Boyle
Scania Driver Coach.

SIMPLE FUEL SAVING TECHNIQUE For Drivers’ on SCANIA trucks.

Anticipation and Braking
The anticipation and braking categories are very much related as poor anticipation often result in poor use of brakes or unnecessary braking.

Anticipation is all about the driver seeing obstacles in the distance and acting accordingly in the most fuel-efficient and safest way. The most common situations which may occur are: – Slowing down before an intersection – Reading how curvy the road is, for example at a motorway offramp and adjusting speed accordingly – Evaluate the speed of vehicles to ensure that if you are approaching a vehicle you can pass the vehicle without having to brake first.

Once the driver has picked a situation where the speed needs to be adjusted, they then need to use the brakes correctly. Correct braking involves maximising the time spent ‘free rolling’ and using auxiliary brakes. This is because it is the most economic, and brake linings are spared.

If the driver continually brakes heavily this would indicate that the driver has poor anticipation and is rushed. It is a balance between transport time and economy however most of the time, just small changes can result in economic savings without having any dramatic effect on the transport time.