Fleet managers can now access guidance from Global Fleet Champions to help them understand how to train their drivers more effectively.
The latest resource from the campaign for fleet safety is a factsheet about effective driver training. Based on a webinar sponsored by Lytx and broadcast earlier this year, it explains why good training is essential for safe fleet operations and gives simple, straightforward advice on how to design a successful training programme.
Many fatal and serious crashes involve a vehicle being driven for work, and most crashes are caused by driver behaviour – speeding, distraction, risk-taking and driving after taking drugs or alcohol all increase the chances of a serious collision.
A good driver training programme, alongside testing and licence checks, is essential to ensure drivers have the skills and knowledge they need to reduce their risk of being in a crash, and keep themselves and other road users safe.
As well as safer driver behaviour, other benefits of driver training include improved driver morale, better reputation, lower costs and more consistent service delivery.
Global Fleet Champions factsheets are for anyone who manages people who drive for work, regardless of budget, fleet size or vehicle type, and are designed to give managers basic, easy to follow advice on key road safety topics.
Scott Williams, head of programme delivery at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Good driver training programmes are essential to ensure drivers have the skills and knowledge they need to reduce their risk of being involved in a crash.
“Driver training also offers a tangible return on investment. Fewer crashes mean fewer days lost to injury, fewer repairs to vehicles and lower insurance premiums. Training will also help you fulfil your duty of care to your drivers, demonstrating that you are a responsible employer who puts people first, cares about their safety and offers career development opportunities.
“We hope fleet managers will find the Global Fleet Champions factsheets informative and will use them to help meet our shared goal of safe and healthy mobility in fleets worldwide.”
Damian Penney, vice president of Lytx, Europe said: “The global situation means investment in safety has never been more important and Lytx is pleased to support Brake in the delivery of vital resources to help fleet managers provide effective training. This is especially important at a time when drivers, who are facing added pressure, may need increased support.’’