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    Benefits of driver training

    Training your drivers on how to drive more efficiently has many benefits, including keeping your drivers and other road users safe. When managed properly, the benefits of driver training can save your fleet both time and money.

    Here are some of the many benefits of driver training:

    1. Reduces risk

    2. Better fuel consumption

    3. Less maintenance required

    4. Less vehicle downtime

    5. Insurance premium savings

    6. Improve compliance with health and safety

    7. Simplifies fleet management

    8. Shows that you value your drivers

    9. Corporate responsibility

    10. Improved communication

    11. Reduces overall fleet costs

    1. Reduces risk

    If your employees driving is reckless and unsafe, this will not only put them at risk but also other drivers too. The purpose of driver training is to educate drivers on best practices and to prevent accidents and driving mishaps. 

    Driver training is particularly important if you manage a fleet of heavy goods vehicles, as almost a quarter of injuries caused by crashes with heavy goods vehicles are fatal or serious. To limit this from happening, your drivers will need to be competent driving in various weather and terrain conditions and keep a distance from other vehicles to allow adequate braking time.

    2. Better fuel consumption

    Fuel costs are one of the biggest expenditures for fleet managers. With effective driver training, this can help improve fuel consumption, meaning you get more fuel for your money. Driver training reminds drivers that leaving the car idling, harsh braking and accelerating wastes more fuel.

    3. Less maintenance required

    With better driving, there will be less strain on your vehicles and therefore, less maintenance required. If your drivers have picked up bad habits, you will notice an increase on vehicle maintenance for tyres, brakes and general tears and repairs.

    4. Less vehicle downtime

    If your vehicles have to spend more time being fixed and undergoing maintenance, this will result in longer periods off the road. Vehicles being off the road is not a position you want to be in as it will cost your business even more money. There are many implications to keeping your vehicles off the road and it’s important that you minimise this time. 

    5. Insurance premium savings

    Actively training your drivers on the most efficient way of driving can reduce your insurance premiums. If you are training your drivers while utilising fleet technology to track driver behaviour, this can reduce your insurance premiums. It can also help to decrease the number of claims and accidents that can cause your insurance costs to go up.

    6. Improve compliance with health and safety

    Arranging driver training for your drivers improves your compliance with health and safety at work. It shows that your business is taking action to protect workers and minimise their risks when out driving.

    7. Simplifies fleet management

    Driver training can also make it easier to manage your fleet as on the whole it reduces accidents and claims. Driver training will help to keep you in the loop of daily activities so that you can track and report on vehicle usage. All of this combined makes it easier for you to do your daily activities and ensure that any tasks set are completed in a safe and timely manner.

    8. Shows that you value your drivers

    Any time a business invests in their staff's training, it ultimately shows that you value them and their safety. This will likely keep staff turnover down, and therefore keep recruitment costs down and resulting in less on boarding costs, unless going through a growth period.

    9. Improved communication

    Once driver training is completed, your drivers will know exactly what is expected of them. The communication between the drivers and management is important, it helps to keep best practices in place and ensure that you communicate with each other when an issue arises.

    10. Corporate responsibility and image

    Your drivers are out on the road and they are representing your business, especially if they are driving commercially branded vehicles. Training your drivers to drive properly using best practices limits the risks of any damages to your brand.

    11. Reduces overall fleet costs

    Investing in your drivers with driver training could save your fleet substantial amounts of money. It will help to save money on claims, fuel, maintenance and repairs and reduce your insurance premiums.

    There are many benefits to driver training, from saving costs and having a more efficient and better-communicated team. Get in touch if you want to see your fleet options and ways in which to reduce your insurance premiums.

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