Benefits of Driver Training to Keep Your Fleet Safe
Businesses that invest in driver training programmes could significantly reduce the risk of accidents, improve the overall safety of their fleet operations, and provide numerous benefits for keeping drivers and their fleet safe.
According to the Department of Transport (DfT), the number of fatalities or people seriously injured in 2022 was 29,795, and statistics from Brake, the road safety charity, show on average five people die every day on the roads in the UK.
If you run a fleet business, your staff face a greater likelihood of being involved in an incident compared to others. To mitigate this risk, it is crucial to ensure that your staff receives proper driver training.
Some of the key benefits of driver training include:
• Good Business Reputation: Clients are more likely to trust a company that prioritises safety and takes proactive measures to ensure it. A safe fleet may heighten the company’s reputation in the industry as well as customers.
• Increased Driver Optimism: Providing driver training opportunities shows that a company values its employees’ professional growth and personal safety. When employees feel that their employer enables interest in their career development and safety, it could lead to higher morale and better employee retention rates.
• Improved Driver Skills: The right training helps drivers develop essential skills such as vehicle control, hazard awareness, and emergency response, making them better prepared to handle challenging situations on the road.
• Eco-friendly: Some driver training programmes also highlight eco-friendly driving practices such as reducing emissions and idling time, contributing to a more sustainable fleet.
• Improved Fuel Efficiency: Driver training includes teaching fuel-efficient driving practices, such as smooth acceleration, proper gear shifting, and reduced idling. These practices may help reduce fuel expenditure and overall operating costs.
• Reduced Vehicle Downtime: Incidents and breakdowns could cause significant downtime for your vehicles, affecting productivity and revenue. With enhanced driving skills, the likelihood of mechanical errors due to poor driving habits is reduced, leading to fewer vehicle breakdowns.
• Lower Insurance Premiums: Insurance companies may often provide discounts for businesses that carry out comprehensive driver training programmes. A safer fleet with a reduced history of accidents and claims could lead to reduced insurance costs.
• Legal Protection: In the unfortunate event of an accident or incident, businesses that have implemented driver training programmes may be in a better position legally. Showing commitment to safety through driver training could possibly help defend against liability claims.
Drivers who are well-trained are more likely to adhere to traffic laws, hours-of-service regulations, and other legal requirements, reducing the risk of fines and penalties. It is a key investment for any fleet operator looking to improve safety, increase productivity, and enhance overall efficiency. Not only does it benefit your business, but it also promotes safer roads and communities for everyone.
Our specialised Fleet Services Department provides customised solutions to businesses, aiming to minimise risk within their fleet. By utilising our Driver Training and Risk Assessment programmes, as well as incorporating Driver Behaviour Technology into our Telematic Solutions, we can offer personalised training through our trusted partners that meets the unique needs of your fleet.
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