Training ecodriving skills to truck drivers has a weakness, namely its effectiveness in changing driver behaviour over the long term. Drivers yield significant fuel savings after a training, but the improvement often lessens over time as drivers fall back into old habits. Studies show that the longterm fuel consumption improvement is only 2-5%, versus an in-training effect of up to 25%.
However, fleet managers and policymakers have a variety of tools to support a more permanent adoption of ecodriving skills. One option is regular re-training or refreshment courses for drivers. These could be made mandatory for professional drivers, as is the case in Germany.
The other options are on-board eco-driving technologies and incentives by companies for their drivers. This paper describes the variety of technologies and incentives that fleet managers can deploy to help drivers get better.