Pan European trucking organisation International Road Transport Union (IRU) Academy has launched its new Crash Prevention Programme specifically designed to raise risk awareness and encourage road safety best practices among commercial drivers.
The programme aims to reduce the number and severity of accidents by addressing general road safety issues through highly interactive training that focuses on the consequences of unsafe driving behaviours.
The training notably uses the latest software to demonstrate more than 50 driving simulations of critical events. Other training materials include on-board camera videos of real-life crashes, a compelling mini-documentary about a driver’s personal experience in a fatal crash, quick reference guides, driving tips, and thought-provoking quizzes to challenge driver misconceptions about road safety.
Commenting on the new programme, Head of the IRU Academy, Patrick Philipp, said, “Human error is the main cause of 9 out of 10 heavy vehicle crashes. That’s why we are tackling this issue directly at the source of the problem – the human factor.”
Indeed, according to the European Truck Accident Causation (ETAC) study, 85% of all road accidents are mainly caused by human error. As road safety is a top priority for the industry, the IRU Academy developed this programme to minimise the human suffering and heavy economic impact due to accidents, which could be avoided through proper training.
“Our Crash Prevention Programme speaks to both new and experienced drivers using simple language to raise risk awareness and encourage self-observation. Even the best drivers can fall into bad habits over time. We want to give them the necessary training to put the odds in their favour so that everyone makes it home safely at the end of the day”, concluded Mr Philipp.