The Importance of Fleet Driver Training in the UK

Written by John

On November 23, 2020
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On your application form, you no doubt ask “do you have a driving licence? But do you ask “when was the last time you drove? What types of vehicles have you driven?”

Some new drivers do not get a car straight away due to their own reasons; some may not even actually drive for a number of months after doing their driving test. The majority of people have never done any further drivers training after passing their driving test.

The government driving test in the UK is designed to achieve a basic minimum standard, and is normally done in smaller cars, but the licence will allow them to drive up to a 3.5t van or a high-powered sports car. In fact, asking for a driving licence only proves that they were able to drive to a minimum standard on one day, sometime in the past, in a vehicle type that may not even be to the style or spec that your company now uses. This even highlights that some may not have even driven in the environment that you will be asking them to drive in, such as city centres, motorways or at night. As a result, employee driver training in the UK is a vital part of safety within your business.fleet driver training

Why Training Your Fleet Drivers is Important

Fleet drivers training and ensuring that they are evaluated and risk rated as competent to operate the vehicle assigned to them at the start of their employment will give them a good start.

Many company fleet vehicles are larger and higher spec than many have ever driven before. They may include: larger blind spots, larger in size for manoeuvring, reversing cameras, parking sensors, active cruise control, touchscreen technologies. Employee driver training provides the opportunity to become familiar with these features.

Many drivers are lone workers. This will mean that they only see their colleagues for a very short period of time during the working day or week. Carrying out face-to-face fleet driver training provides drivers with the crucial skills they need to carry out their job. It is also beneficial because it helps them build relationships with trainers, fleet managers and other drivers and the rest of their team.

Employee drivers training in the North West and the UK should be ever evolving and not just the mandatory course. It should take into consideration the developments in the industry. This is important for the education of drivers ahead of the changes as it can open up discussion about what can be done differently.

Fleet Driver Training for Your Drivers’ Safety in the North West

fleet driver trainingAs a fleet manager, the safety of your drivers is always your priority. You are responsible for keeping your business fleet mobile at all times. This means ensuring that the drivers have the fleet driver training in the UK they need to carry out their jobs in a secure and efficient manner. This can be a daunting task.

On top of this, we have just had months of lockdown in which the roads were near empty. Since coming back to work, driving standards have dropped dramatically. The roads across the UK have become more increasingly hazardous environments to be working in. For example, the number of reported speeding incidents has gone through the roof; drivers speeding up to 160mph. In London, the number of motorists caught speeding was up by 71%. Plus, there are the other driving behaviours that are being noticed, such as vans being overloaded and having serious defects.

These potential dangers are not just behind the wheel. There are more pedestrians and cyclists than before as people find alternative ways to travel safely in order to avoid public transport. We have a new growing network of e-bikes and e-scooters. The number of vehicles on the roads are growing and will continue to grow as more of us return to the workplace. Drivers need to be aware of all these new dangers and the potential consequences to their actions should things go wrong. These potential incidents are far more expensive than employee driver training in comparison.

Statistically, driving is the most dangerous work activity carried out in the UK, as 1 in 3 deaths in vehicle incidents include someone driving for work. Yet this is the most neglected area when it comes to risk assessment and fleet drivers training. Your employees deserve every opportunity they can get to increase their skills and knowledge to help keep them safe on the roads. As a result, other road users and your business will be safer too.

fleet driver trainingLead By Example By Training Your Fleet Drivers in the North West

There are amazing companies that lead by example and provide fleet drivers training. They do pre-employment risk assessments, or risk assessments after they are employed and have employee driver training implemented based on these assessments. and they continue to develop this throughout their employment.

I would like you to think on this; when was the last time you had your driving assessed? Was it your driving test? How much do you remember of your driving test? Do you remember the route you took, the road you did your manoeuvres in? Over time we forget things and our attitudes, knowledge and skills can fade and need a refresh. Delivering fleet driver training in the UK can reinforce these key elements of safe driving to your employees.

There are many specialty courses out there and we can even make them bespoke to what you need for your drivers and the job needs

This includes:

  • Advanced and Defensive Driving
  • Van Driving
  • Trailer Towing
  • Winter Driving
  • Flood Water Driving
  • Four Wheel Drive Driving
  • Vehicle Familiarisation

These can fill in the gaps of skills and knowledge that have developed since your employee started driving or last had an assessment. Employee driver training will prepare them to drive incident free whilst performing their daily duties.

If you now can see why training your drivers is so important, we can help you. It will not only be beneficial to your drivers but will dramatically reduce the risk and cost to your business, its directors and the senior management.

By providing risk assessments you are identifying and addressing the high-risk areas of your business. You are demonstrating a high level of duty of care towards your employees, meaning they will feel valued and know you are providing a safer working environment for them.

For more information or tips on maintaining the safety of your fleet drivers, get in touch or explore our website!

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