There is likely more managers can do to maximize fleet safety programs. Here are insights from top-performing fleets: A comprehensive driver training program is essential for keeping drivers and assets safe. Fleets with the best safety practices use a combination of classroom, online, hands-on/practical, and video training to teach drivers the information and skills needed for safe road use.
But even if your fleet already has a robust training program, there is likely more that you can do further to maximize the effectiveness of your fleet safety program. Utilize follow-up activities, incentives, surveys, and driver communication strategies (social media) post-training to support drivers. Many top-performing fleets use a combination of these strategies. Have some sort of “active” follow-up activity or series of activities for drivers to demonstrate what they’ve learned, such as practicing approaching a weigh scale or preparing the correct documentation. It’s one thing to pass a test, showing comprehension, and it’s another to apply it in a real-world situation.
Incentives, surveys, social media, etc., can keep safety topics at the forefront. Incentives can prevent/correct behavioral issues like distracted driving. Start small with follow-up activities and keep drivers manageable. Executives should engage with drivers to build morale and show commitment to fleet safety.
Engaging with drivers after training on safety topics can help build better safety habits and improve the driving learning experience.
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