It all depends on the driver! MAN ProfiDrive® gives bus and truck drivers instruction in safe, economical driving.
The level of economy achieved by a vehicle in operation is considerably influenced by its driver. As a rule, fuel savings of approximately ten percent can be achieved through an economy training course at MAN ProfiDrive®. For 30 years now, the MAN ProfiDrive® instructors have been passing on their theoretical and practical knowledge of safety and economy in road traffic. This year alone will see around 6,000 drivers taking part in the training courses.
The requirements that a professional driver has to meet have changed drastically. Tight schedules, constantly changing vehicles and great cost pressure characterise the profession today, said Werner Bigiel, Head of MAN ProfiDrive®, on occasion of the international meeting of instructors from December 5 through 7 in Munich.
In addition, since the law on professional driver qualification (BKrFQG) came into force in 2008, regular and repeated advanced training is mandatory for every professional driver in passenger transport (by 2013) and goods transport (by 2014). "The demand is immense and we are booked out months in advance," continued Bigiel.
What began as "Drive and Save" training with Werner Bigiel in 1981 has developed into what is today a broad range of services. Besides safety and economy training courses for truck and bus drivers, MAN ProfiDrive® also offers complete advanced professional driver training courses, advanced training for driving instructors and experts, intensive courses and off-road training. Since 2010 there have also been special hybrid bus training courses for the MAN Lion's City Hybrid, which is in regular service in several European cities. The permanent MAN ProfiDrive® team currently comprises 104 active instructors from around the world.