How can driver training best practice help my fleet?

Why take expert driver training? It is a simple enough question. After all, your drivers are likely to be professionals who have been doing their jobs on the road for many years. They all passed their tests some time ago and are not bad drivers.

However, expert driver training schemes can help your company and your drivers change their ideology, meaning individuals and organisations will no longer see driving skills in clear-cut terms such as good and bad. The aim of the current best practice in driving training is to enable a fleet operator to work to a specific set of goals - namely improving road and driver safety, while reducing the expenditure of an organisation. This is very different to being labelled as a good or bad driver - just ask Lewis Hamilton.

How will it improve my road safety record and help me save money?

You will already know that petrol and diesel are not cheap. The latest price data from the AA shows that the UK has the third most expensive diesel in the whole of Europe, while the average unleaded petrol price has surged almost 50 per cent since 2009. This is a trend that is not likely to hit reverse gear any time soon. The planet is rapidly running out of fossil fuels and simple economics dictate that the price is only going to increase.

So, if your drivers can make one gallon of fuel get their vans 50 miles from the depot instead of 40 miles, then you are going to save a substantial amount of cash - both now and in the future.

When it comes to driver safety, accidents happen out on the road, right? No. Expert driver training will show you how you can significantly lower the chances of being involved in a crash. Nothing good results from a crash - they threaten personal safety, lead to expensive vehicle repairs and increase the amount of money that you will need to pay to your insurer every month. A common theme throughout the world is that the vast majority of road traffic accidents are caused as a result of human error. Drivers who are educated about the dangers on the road to a level that far exceeds run-of-the-mill licence acquisition are going to spot the problems and avoid them.

These are not the only advantages. Expert driver training will lower accident rates, minimising uninsured losses and squeeze insurance premiums, as well as reducing vehicle downtime. There is also a less tangible, but an equally important benefit to be had. Crashes bring bad publicity and the threat of legal action from people who have been travelling with an 'unsafe' driver. In a tough economic climate with lots of fleet providers competing for contracts, who are clients going to choose - the company with an exemplary safety record or the one with more defence lawyers than road-ready vehicles?

What does expert driver training involve?

It is a simple procedure - much easier than replacing fleet vehicles with the latest green models or repairing existing cars or trucks after a crash.

External industry and driving experts will take an objective look at your current practices and teach your drivers to 'read' the road ahead of them, allowing them to make improvements in the areas of anticipation, gear selection, braking and accelerating management, while enabling drivers to be comfortable in a wide range of traffic conditions.

Who will expert driver training benefit?

Everybody. Appropriate and competent driver training will allow a fleet operator to save money, improve their reputation and lower their carbon footprint. Drivers will be reinvigorated, able to manage stress more effectively and take more pride in their work. Other motorists will be driving on roads that you are helping to make safer.

Who can provide driver training?

As this is expert level driving, experts need to teach it. Be careful to pick a provider that not only has the credentials and qualifications, but also can demonstrate proven examples of where their training has conjured quantifiable safety and fuel efficiency improvements in the past. Using an outsourced trainer allows you to account for your total investment in advance as well.

Where do I go to find out more about best practice in driver safety?

MiX Telematics helps organisations improve the safety of their fleet. We have produced a comprehensive guide to driver training best practice that will help inform your decisions further. It features the latest statistics, industry guidelines and real-world examples of expert driver training making a fundamental difference to fleet operations.

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