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What is SAFED?

SAFED for vans is a complementary driver development course, consisting of assessment, demonstration and training. It intends to improve the Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving skills of LCV drivers. Safed vans should therefore complement a much broader programme of commercial vehicle fleet efficiency management.



Why have van training?

During 2003 UK Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) activity accounted for some 58 billion kilometres (Department for Transport statistics). Over 90% of this distance was in connection with collection and delivery of goods, travel between home and workplace or journeys between jobs, hence LCVs play an important role in the countries economy. The overall economy of a fleet can be greatly improved by a Safed vans training course.



Safer driving means:

Less injuries and fatalities on our roads Less accident damage to vehicles Less unproductive downtime for vehicle repair The potential for reduced insurance premiums

Less injuries and fatalities on our roads Less accident damage to vehicles Less unproductive downtime for vehicle repair The potential for reduced insurance premiums


  • Less injuries and fatalities on our roads
  • Less accident damage to vehicles
  • Less unproductive downtime for vehicle repair
  • The potential for reduced insurance premiums


The Training Course

Typically we would conduct the training in your own or company vehicle, our trainer would conduct the course from your chosen place of work or mutually convienient location. We would generally train two drivers during the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our instructors are experienced fully qualified Approved Driving Instructors who are also Fleet Trainer Registered and have passed the 2 Day SAFED training course, attaining an 'excellent' grade, giving us the confidence to know your drivers are getting the best training available.


On the day of training drivers will need to bring -

  1. Driving Licence (both parts if new style)
  2. Glasses or corrective lenses if required for driving (essential if on licence)
  3. Normal working clothes/uniform, safety equipment etc
  4. A road worthy suitable vehicle



Fuel efficiency means:

  • Lower costs
  • Improved profit margins
  • Reduced emissions
  • Improved environmental performance

The fuel required to travel 58 billion km is approximately 5 billion litres, a small percentage saving could have offered significant savings in fuel costs and carbon emitted. Also safe drivers will help to reduce the number of accidents and incidents involving van drivers.


Where operators actively monitor and manage the fuel used by vehicles a fleet’s fuel consumption can typically be reduced by 10%, with an equivalent cost saving. Use of safe and fuel-efficient driving techniques as part of fuel management will make a major contribution to this fuel saving.




Case Studies

As part of the demonstration phase of the Safed for Vans programme, a range of case studies have been developed that illustrate the potential savings that can be achieved by seizing the opportunity of Safed training.






Case Study 1        Case Study 2        Case Study 3



How was SAFED for Vans Developed?

Initially SAFED was focused on truck drivers. Following an implementation programme where 375 trainers and 6375 drivers were trained, the Department for Transport were keen to transfer the success and develop a training course specifically for van drivers.


The training course was developed and reviewed by a steering group of industry experts, including training providers, van fleet operators, trade associations, van manufacturers and Government organisations.


During the development phase, currently available safe and fuel efficient training courses for van drivers were examined and common themes highlighted which formed the foundation of the new course.


The proposed training course was also piloted with a range of drivers to check the content and record its achievements. The results from this pilot showed that on average, the fuel economy improved by 9%, the drivers felt in more control of their vehicles and less stressed. The time the route took to complete was the same or shorter and the wear and tear on the vehicle reduced as a result of fewer stops and less gear changing.




Why get SAFED trained?

If you are a fleet operator or a van driver there are a number of benefits to SAFED for van training.


For fleet operators these include:

  • Reduced accidents by the fleet with associated reduced costs
  • Reduced fuel costs through more efficient driving style
  • Motivated drivers who have received high quality training
  • Introduction to improved fuel management practices to help improve the management of the fleet
  • Reduced maintenance requirement through improved vehicle sympathy

For drivers these benefits include:

  • Less stressful driving techniques
  • More fuel efficient driving
  • Less chance of accidents
  • No impact on journey time
  • The techniques taught can be adopted for use in your own private car, hence personal financial benefits



To find out more about the SAFED course or check available dates for 2011 email




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