Tips on driver training and education

Right, so let’s get one thing straight right from the start. This is not an article about learning how to drive or learning how to drive in a new type vehicle like a motorbike or a heavy goods vehicle. This is an article all about education and training courses you may want to think about to get the most value from your fleet and fleet drivers. Equipping drivers with additional driving skills can mean the difference between cars and people in recovery or sales and delivery people on the road, so its significance cannot be overlooked. The two basics of defensive driver training and fuel and car care are discussed below but it’s also worth noting the other courses.

Defensive driver training

Defensive driving is all about managing a vehicle in difficult, stressful or dangerous circumstances. It’s potentially the most popular of all the driver training courses. The training for this usually delves into what to do in on major roads and freeways. The courses can also feature parts on how to deal with aggressive drivers and tailgaters. The key thing to remember when looking at your options for these courses is finding out what exactly is on offer. Despite some similar aspects, defensive courses can vary with some offering crash avoidance and handling and others simply offering helpful tips on how to correctly use the road.

Fuel economy and car care education

Unfortunately, due to the varying nature of vehicles and their wear and tear patterns it can be difficult to find a course in this area. For many this means bringing the education on the matter in-house. This basically results in you or your colleagues building up solid manufacturer information on fuel use and car care on the cars within the fleet. This can be a challenge, however the rewards in lower fuel and maintenance costs do add up. The best way to approach this can be to leave information about the car in the glove compartment and ensure everyone understands some basic fuel and maintenance guidelines. It’s also helpful to make sure staff members are emailed vehicle specifications and requirements before they take the vehicle out on the road.

The other courses to be considered

There are many other driver training courses which focus on more niche areas. Here are a few examples;

  • Mine site/gravel driver training
  • 4x4 training
  • Advanced driving or VIP convoy training
  • Overseas licence training/conversion
  • Refresher courses

Final thoughts

Communication on the importance of proper driver habits and car care cannot be underestimated. Continuously restating and reaffirming the importance of professionalism behind the wheel can have a far reaching and significant impact. Fleet managers should also try to stay abreast of the training courses being offered. In the end keeping cars and, more importantly, staff safe is the top priority for any business so thinking and investing seriously in driver training makes a lot of sense.

What do you think of driver training and education?

Do you think the training is worth the spend or time?

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