• Mercedes-Benz Trucks is supporting the Department of Transport's focus on creating awareness on the importance of transport.
• The German company wants to upskill drivers.
• The local arm of the truck maker is offering free driver training to 160 drivers through the brand's TRUCKTraining programme.
The Department of Transport has dedicated the month of October to focus and create awareness on the importance of transport, and the vital role it has on the economy.
The theme for 2020 is "Together shaping the future of transport", with a call from Government for businesses to participate and provide safer, affordable, accessible and reliable transport.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has heeded the call by offering free driver training to 160 drivers, who currently operate any of their Actros models.
"A well-trained driver is greatly beneficial to all road users and is more efficient, because they experience less downtime. We are therefore excited to be offering this training to our valued customers and to actively demonstrate our promise to ensuring greater safety on our roads," says Maretha Gerber, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa.
The two-day complementary TRUCKTraining programme will be offered to selected customers based on their driver's skill level and run from October to December 2020.
The training will cover topics such as understanding the brand's driving philosophy, applying defensive driving skills and techniques, as well as understanding the Active and Passive safety systems. Upon successful completion, the drivers will receive a Driver Training Certificate, says Mercedes.
Benefits of driver training
According to the company the benefits to the driver and customers after successful completion of the course includes, increased competence and performance of drivers, reduce environmental impact, reduced fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and most importantly improved road safety.