SHANGHAI, China — Ford is going further in China to ensure its own employees are safer drivers.
Following a two-day Train-the-Trainer refresher program in Shanghai which is the final leg of the regional programme, Ford employees were given the opportunity to join a DSFL training session conducted by two South African professional instructors.
The half-day special event, held at the Fuchen dealership in suburban Shanghai, attracted more than 25 employees. Derek Kirkby, projects manager and Eugene Herbert, group managing director from the South Africa RAC Group, shared useful tips and techniques on safe and fuel-efficient driving.
Kirkby and Herbert went through the top 10 tips, which covered the most important elements leading to good driving habits, such as wearing safety belts, avoiding distraction while driving, and using the vehicle momentum to save fuel. Drawing on personal experiences and various real-case scenarios, the trainers made the presentation fun and easy to understand.
"If you keep these tips in mind and put them into practice everyday, by the end of the month you will have more money left in your pocket for shopping. I guess that is one of the motivators for you to carry on," said Herbert.
Tips shared during the one-hour presentation resonated well with participants. The trainers took the participants through a brief in-car training session designed to show the stopping distance of a car when it travels between 40km/h and 60 km/h.
"One of the 10 tips I learnt is to always maintain a three second safety distance. Most people think it is easy but sometimes we fail to do so. At the presentation, RAC trainers also advised us to turn off the engine while waiting for long traffic lights, which can help to lower fuel consumption. I used to think that will damage the engine but it turned out to be a myth," said Lily Gu, an IT Planning Specialist from Ford APA.
Gu has 6 months driving experience and believes the DSFL session is a great way to promote good driving practices.
"This is a great program. I hope it will include more practical tips in the future. For example, a great number of deadly car accidents happen on expressways. So if the program can give us some suggestions on how to deal with these accidents, that will be of great help," said Liren Zheng, product marketing manager from Ford APA New Market Marketing & Sales.
Ford's award winning DSFL programme has been in operation in the Asia Pacific and Africa region since 2008 and has now been bringing safe and economical driving to drivers in China, India, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. So far, 50,000 people have participated across the region.
Derek Kirkby, projects manager from the South Africa RAC Group, gave a presentation to participants.
Eugene Herbert, group managing director from the South Africa RAC Group, took employees on a ride.