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Driver Training Tips

Maintaining and improving the skills of your fleet drivers is heavily important for fleet managers and for the smooth running of a logistics department. The benefits of having a driver training programme in place for a company include reducing the frequency and cost of repairs, insurance premiums, and time spent off the road, to name a few.

However, putting a training scheme in place can be a challenge for fleet managers. Juice Logistics specialise in the recruitment and continuous training of fleet drivers. As a result, we have provided some tips for keeping drivers educated and informed.

  1. Identify Training Needs of the Drivers

Each driver will have their own specific skill gaps. It will be up to the fleet management team of your company to identify these gaps or risks. This could be in the form of license checks, collision reports, risk assessments, and vehicle telematics, which are now evolving to provide useful vehicle and driver data.

Analysing this data can be a challenge, so it is important to have a system already in place that collects information regarding collisions and license points.

       2. Choosing the Correct Training Methods

The needs of individual drivers will determine the methods needed to improve and develop their skills and knowledge.

There are a variety of approaches that logistics or fleet managers can take, including:

·        Group training sessions

·        E-learning courses

·        One-to-one-on-the-road training

·        Advanced driving courses

·        Hazard perception courses

DriveTech, subsidiary of the AA, believe that personal coaching through face-to-face practical driving helps drivers make better decisions. However, this may not be the chosen method for all your fleet drivers, hence the importance of identifying their individual skill gaps.

       3. Putting your Driver Training into Practice

Implementation of your training strategy is vital to nailing the process. It is important to inform your logistics employees and driver staff of why the training strategy is being implemented, and the benefits this will have to your business.

Where possible, senior members of the business should be involved in the process, whether this is through taking the training themselves before it is implemented or carrying it out at the same time as the rest of the staff.

Hopefully these tips go some way to maintaining the safety of all road users, in addition to cutting company costs through the training of your fleet drivers. As previously mentioned, Juice carry out continuous driver training for logistics fleets, which includes Annual Driving Assessments to reassess the competency of all our drivers.

If you are a fleet or logistics manager and wish to learn more about recruiting the right drivers for your company, feel free to contact Juice on 01924 377 500. Alternatively, you can email us at info@juicepersonnel.co.uk.

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