What is SMART Driving?

The SMART Driving training programme is an innovative programme that provides essential training on vehicle and roadcraft to HGV drivers.

The programme is designed to upskill drivers in areas including telematics and in-cab technologies.

The SMART Driving training programme will deliver immediate benefits to employers, drivers, and the environment.

Course Structure

The 3-day SMART Driving programme monitors drivers existing behaviours and uses this information to teach drivers techniques to improve fuel efficiency and road safety.

By improving drivers’ awareness of their driving style and how this impacts on vehicle efficiency, drivers learn skills to increase fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

Drivers will also learn advanced driving skills to anticipate the behaviour of less-skilled road users and recognise and respond to road conditions. Using this knowledge, drivers will learn the skills to anticipate and avoid incidents.

The SMART Driving programme is subject to validation. 

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HGV Drivers Employed By Licensed Road Hauliers

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Fuel Accounts For Up To 40% of Total HGV Operation Costs

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All Transports Contribution to Ireland's Emissions

What Does SMART Driving stand for?

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Safe efficient driving (Aerodynamics, propulsion, controls collision avoidance measures) 

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Make the business more economical and sustainable (Driver impact on operating costs) 

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Are you ready for digitisation?
(Basic Digital skills for Drivers including use of handheld devices)

Reduce speed, reduce fuel, and reduce emissions

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Technologies & next generation vehicles. (Telematics, Euro 6 emissions standards)

How is this funded?

The SMART Driving programme is funded through the SOLASInnovation through Collaboration’ Fund.

Developed by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB (MSLETB), Waterford and Wexford ETB (WWETB) in collaboration with the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), the Smart Driving programme supports the Governments Future Jobs Ireland Programme 2020 objectives of:

  • Transitioning to a low carbon economy,
  • Embracing technological change,
  • Improving SME and workforce productivity

What Are The Benefits?

Drivers

The SMART Driving programme will increase your level of professionalism and make you a bigger asset to your employer.
HGV drivers who enrol in the SMART Driving programme will get:

  • Increased levels of professionalism
  • Increased levels of employability
  • Developed skills for promoting vehicle, driver, and load safety
  • Increased confidence in vehicle control and driving performance
  • Enhanced satisfaction of driving
  • Reduced driver stress

Employers

Employers who enrol their HGV drivers in the SMART Driving programme will benefit from immediate and positive impacts on your business.

These include:

  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Reduced fuel emissions
  • Improved profit margins
  • The increased resale value of your fleet
  • Developed organisational health and safety culture

"Let it Roll"

EU Commission: Improvements in the aerodynamics of vehicles could save “approximately €5,000 per year in fuel costs for a typical long-distance lorry covering 100,000km”

Testimonials

This programme will help the transport industry recruit new people into being a HGV driver and elevate this career into a choice that more young people might consider.

SMART Driving will help drivers deal with this new world while best availing of and utilising the new technologies and practises all around us. This upskilling programme will help drivers get a better understanding of their modern work environment and equipment, thus helping to create a safer and compliant delivery of service.

I look forward to both Driver's and Transport operators engaging with this upskilling opportunity, allowing for feedback from both inside and outside the cab, which can then feed into this course, helping it to evolve to meet an ever-changing landscape of technology and regulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do register for a SMART Driving programme?

Contact hello@smartdriving.ie for more information.

What are the benefits for employers?

Employers who enrol their HGV drivers in the SMART Driving programme will benefit from immediate and positive impacts to your business.

These include: 

  • Reduced fuel consumption 
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Reduced fuel emissions
  • Improved profit margins
  • Increased resale value of your fleet
  • Developed organisational health and safety culture
What are the benefits for drivers?

The SMART Driving programme will increase your level of professionalism and make you a bigger asset to your employer. 

HGV drivers who enrol in the SMART Driving programme will get:

  • Increased levels of professionalism 
  • Increased levels of employability
  • Developed skills for promoting vehicle, driver, and load safety
  • Increased confidence in vehicle control and driving performance
  • Enhanced satisfaction of driving
  • Reduced driver stress
How is this programme funded?

The SMART Driving programme is funded though the SOLAS ‘Innovation through Collaboration’ Fund.

Developed by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB (MSLETB), Waterford and Wexford ETB (WWETB) in collaboration with the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), the Smart Driving programme supports the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland Programme 2020 objectives of:

Transitioning to a low carbon economy

Embracing technological change

Improving SME and workforce productivity

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