When it comes to your business, we know that customers and the job at hand come first. But that can often mean that some of the behind-the-scenes necessities of fleet management can fall by the wayside. Especially driver training, which can be a major asset that can promote a safe workplace and also save your fleet money every year.
Vehicle accidents cost businesses around $60 billion each year, but dedicated driver training can reduce crash rates by 40 to 60 percent.
Are some of your drivers currently grounded due to work-from-home pandemic procedures? Maybe now’s the time to take advantage of those cost savings by using those extra hours to educate your team on safety measures on the road.
Driver training can be done entirely online, an advantage that is more valuable now than ever. Your drivers can work from anywhere, and can take the training when it’s convenient for them, be it after the kids go to bed or when they’re most productive early in the A.M.
Better yet, you can tailor your company’s driver training to each of your drivers, meaning that each hour spent learning is the most valuable it can be. There are three easy ways to keep training at the forefront for all drivers:
First day of school
The first step in customizing your training program is to give all of your drivers a skills assessment. This is usually done when a driver begins working with your company, but can be a great way to understand where each employee is coming from and how they view driver safety. ARI’s skills assessment is a 50 question online tool which asks the test taker to respond to real-life driving situations. It tests their knowledge of safe driving habits and judgement.
Fleet managers and the driver receive the results of this skills assessment. After that, the driver will begin receiving their customized training syllabus, built entirely around the results of the test, which looks at six key areas of driver safety:
It is also important to set explicit driving behavior standards through a vehicle use or driving safety policy. Your policy can be turned into an online policy module that drivers can take anywhere. The online policy module helps your drivers understand what is expected of your company, while also keeping them informed of your safety procedures as they move further their tenure.
Never stop learning
Now is also the time to consider refresher training, a great tool for seasoned drivers who need to stay informed in their roles. These training modules can be scheduled every quarter or month, depending on your company’s preference.
You want to make sure that your training program modules are specialized specifically for your fleet. That includes courses that work for your vehicles, be it cars and light duty, medium, or heavy duty. These modules also should be broken out even more depending on the driver, giving them training that works around the vehicle they’re in on a day-to-day basis. That includes programs for:
You can mix and match your modules to the vehicles in use (even motorcycles or bicycles) then adjust in time as positions or role expectations change.
Adjust and correct
In an imperfect world, accidents can happen. Training takes those incidents and turns them into learning opportunities, especially when training is designed to address the causes of accidents.
After a road incident, you have the chance to review what happened, and have training modules automatically assigned to the driver for preventable accidents. Automatic assignments reduce the time from when an incident occurs to when remedial action is taken.
This type of proactive behavior helps reduce the chance of accident occurrence, and also can help reduce insurance costs around incidents for the future. When utilized properly, training can keep your drivers safer and serve as a long-term cost savings measure for your company.
While we’d all prefer that our lives would get back to normal sooner rather than later, you can use this opportunity to organize your driver training program and build a safer, more cost-effective future.