Eight out of ten drivers in Scania’s Young European Driver (YETD) competitions believe that the competitions will help to raise the status of the driver profession. They also think that YETD can help in changing driver behaviour when it comes to road safety and fuel efficiency. These are some of the findings from the 2012 YETD survey.
This year’s YETD competitions attracted almost 17,000 contestants who competed in regional and national competitions with the aim of being one of the 24 drivers in the YETD final.
Drivers in some selected markets (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and UK) who applied for the YETD online and completed the theoretical test were invited to participate in a survey. This yielded close to 2,000 interviews and was conducted from January to June 2012. The response rate was close to 50 percent.
“This shows that there is a strong need among drivers to express pride in their profession,” says Mikael Person, Project Manager for YETD at Scania.
The results indicate that the main reason for taking part in the YETD competitions is to develop driving skills. The second most important reason is to draw attention to the role of the driver, while the competition prizes only rank as the fifth most important reason to participate. The first prize in the YETD competition is a brand new Scania truck with a value of EUR 100,000.
The drivers find that the theoretical part of the competition is interesting, instructive and challenging. Road safety and skilled driving are the two most important aspects for professional drivers and eight out of ten believe that YETD helps to raise the status of the driver profession.
The respondents also believed that YETD can help in changing driver behaviour, particularly in relation to road safety and fuel efficiency.
“We are pleased to get this confirmation that through this initiative and the competitions, we can reach our goal of making drivers understand that they really possess important skills”, says Mikael Person.