So, you’re thinking about implementing driver training at your company. The thought may make your palms sweaty – maybe you’ve even put such research on the backburner until now.
While we know it may seem intimidating at first being the person tasked within your organization to investigate driver training at hand, you may still be lost in where to start. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list for you of the top three questions to take into consideration when implementing a driver training program at your company.
Three questions to ask when implementing driver safety training for employees
Question one: build versus buy?
Consider which of these your company tends to value more – time or money? Quality driver training requires a few things first, and if you’re building that will include:
- Engaging content
- Good content (whether it be visually engaging or concise)
- Investment in camera(s) and stunt men for training videos
- Video editing software
- The ability to record and keep track of those going through driver training
- Easy-to-use administrative tools
The list adds up quickly. Think of building driver training as a math problem, with each line item presenting an additional expense. Plus, you know the inner workings of your company best, including what employees and contractors need for driver training.
That’s what makes buying and working with a reputable vendor who has content, record-keeping and administrative systems ready to go so valuable. Look for additional services like custom training or smart enrollment for high turnover industries like trucking. When choosing to buy, a good vendor can also work with you to pull pre-done items like videos, quizzes or presentations into their system.
Question two: in-person or online?
There’s nothing worse than inconsistent messaging or wasting time and money. Training done face-to-face can do just that, but it’s also one of the best ways to explain nuances and complicated processes. What’s a company to do?
We recommend using different types of training for the right skills. One of the biggest time sucks that exists in driver training is getting everyone to the same skill level, which is why online training from launch is so important. Once you jump the hurdle that is foundational knowledge, in-person training becomes effective and a good use of time.
Some topics we suggest utilizing computer-based driver training for include technology training and company-wide how-to explanations – think submitting paperwork, signing up for health insurance or logging hours. Even consider basic skills training like defensive driving or space management. After all, online training excels at repeating and testing for a level of understanding.
Question three: one-size-fits-all or customized?
Your drivers can tell you, there’s nothing more annoying than doing training on a topic they already know about or that’s not relevant to them. There’s no concrete reason to have a one-size-fits-all approach with driver training.
Think of your drivers in different geographic locations – winter training is more relevant to drivers in Wisconsin or Minnesota, while summer training is more relevant to your drivers in Florida. Consider also whether someone gets a ticket for speeding. Assign speed management courses to them, not everyone.
There are exceptions, though, one of which being that there are a lot of company-wide policies that everyone must comply with. Another is that new, basic skills should be taught to new hires or inexperienced drivers. That’s why it’s critical to have a solution that can do both one-size-fits-all training and customized training.
What remaining questions you need to ask
When looking to implement driver safety training for employees at your company, knowing the questions to ask providers is of the utmost importance. Not only does it make you look like the future employee of the month, but also protects your company, employees and community while hiring and retaining the best drivers.
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