- > improving road safety performance
- > reducing insurance premiums and claims
- > reducing fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear
- > improving your corporate image.
You could also encourage your drivers to refresh their skills using this website. They can
- use the online practice theory test to see how much they know about driving theory and the Highway Code.
- explore the Driver Knowledge Centre for information about what they should know as safe and responsible drivers.
Every professional HGV and PCV driver has to undergo a minimal amount of training in order to be licenced and certified under the Driver CPC scheme. Yet the operative word here is ‘minimal’. Just because a driver has met the requirements for minimal training does not mean he or she is fully prepared to be a safe and productive driver. This is one of the primary reasons we promote fleet training for company drivers. Fleet training is an effective tool that motoring businesses of all sizes use to minimise risk and financial loss.
What is fleet training, exactly? It can be whatever a company wants it to be. Consider a waste management firm as one example. That company may employ 50 drivers to operate its fleet of bin lorries. But are all those drivers really fit to serve? The fact is that there are lots of little things about operating a bin lorry that are not addressed in primary HGV training. The firm’s company drivers really need routine fleet training to fill the gaps.
Through our training programmes, that regular training of company drivers:
- > reduces accidents
- > creates more confident drivers
- > increases efficiency
- > increases regulatory compliance
- > saves money in the long run.
Reducing Accident Risk
You could easily make the case that the most important reason for developing an ongoing fleet training programme is that of reducing accident risks. Consider the fact that the number of fatal accidents involving HGVs has fallen more than 40% since 2005. That sharp decline is no coincidence. It is the result of more than a decade of improved training standards and equipment.
Regular training reduces a company’s accident risks in a number of important ways:
- Driver Skills – Drivers need to have their skills tested occasionally to make sure they are still performing up to standard. Our training programmes can point out any deficiencies as well as ways to address them.
- Driver Knowledge – A veteran driver’s familiarity with regulations and company policies can lead to forgetfulness over time. Routine fleet training can refresh one’s knowledge and bring back to the forefront any regulations or policies previously forgotten.
- Safety Mindset – Regular fleet training can be used to instil a safety mindset in company drivers. When safety is a top priority, drivers are less likely to be involved in accidents.
What company with a fleet of drivers would not want to reduce accident risk? We cannot imagine there being any. Yet so many companies do not provide the regular training their drivers need to accomplish this very worthy goal. If you are among them, you can change that by working with HGV Training Centre to provide regular fleet training programmes.
Creating Confident Drivers
Anyone who drives for a living can tell you that the most dangerous driver on the road is the one who lacks confidence. Regardless of the vehicle being driven, a driver not confident in what he or she is doing is likely to make poor decisions when under pressure. It only takes a little bit of bad weather or moderate traffic congestion to cause an unconfident driver to do something rash.
Regular fleet training for your company drivers addresses the confidence issue. How? By imparting the knowledge and skills necessary to be an excellent driver. A driver who knows what he or she’s doing is a driver that trusts his/her knowledge and training and, subsequently, makes better decisions under pressure. Confident drivers are much less likely to have accidents.
Increasing Proficiency and Efficiency
Professional drivers do more than just move vehicles down the road, as you know. They do all sorts of additional things such as loading and unloading vehicles, backing trailers into loading bays, applying tarps to flat-bed trailers, interacting with customers, planning routes, and so on. The company wishing to be as efficient as possible need drivers who are proficient in all of these skills. Once again, it comes down to training.
We help companies devise training programmes that are appropriate to the skills their drivers need. We can then implement those training programmes ourselves or in partnership with our client. The result is a fleet of drivers with a level of proficiency that makes them as efficient as possible. And when drivers are efficient, they make the entire company more efficient.
Increasing Regulatory Compliance
Few things are as dangerous to a motoring company as a lack of regulatory compliance. Between vehicle inspections, roadside checks, and other means of law enforcement, companies and their drivers are routinely subjected to an incredible amount of scrutiny. Employing a fleet of drivers unfamiliar with regulations is a risky move. Regular training takes care of that.
An additional concern with regulations is the fact that these are constantly evolving. It is normal for the haulage and transport industries to have to deal with new regulations every single year. Fleet training focused on regulatory compliance keeps drivers abreast of rule changes so that compliance can be assured.
If you would like to have more information please ring us at 0790 876 87 22
What you need to know before you start
You must hold a UK driving licence - Click here.
How long it will take?
It takes a day of training. But it really depends on the individual as the courses is taught on case by case basis.
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- Richard: 0790 876 87 22
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|£300 per day £200 funded £100 company cost.|
Courses are partly funded by the government. Give us a ring for more information.