We recognize that there are many really wonderful driver “training” programs out on the market, but many approach the educational program by making the driver sit in a class or in front of a computer for more than an hour at a time. This cuts into their productivity and may become “mind-numbing” after the first 12 to 15 minutes – especially if they’ve already been through this topic in the recent past.
We’ve built two different systems to deliver “reminder” or “refresher” programs to supplement our driver coaching program. Both approaches are designed to remind drivers of what they should already know and be practicing on a regular basis. Both feature module duration at the 5 to 10 minute time span to respect your driver’s professionalism and to get them to actually listen!
What’s the difference between systems?
- Our Ten-Minute Training Topic series is delivered monthly by email to each location manager. This package can be used or delivered to drivers in many different ways — a classroom talk, a tailgate discussion, a payroll stuffer or anything that works for your company culture. The manager’s supplement provides a little extra information to help the supervisor address these issues from a policy standpoint and the driver handouts provide practical tips that address safer driving.
- Our Learning Management System (LMS) is set up to offer “stand-alone” course assignment or to “integrate” automatically with either our Hotline (get a Motorist Observation Report, then assign training modules matched to the reported behavior) OR our E-DriverFile platform (get a new MVR showing fresh activity, then get modules automatically assigned based on violation codes) OR our telematics platform (get a series of alerts, then get modules specifically published for dealing with GPS alerts)
Each year we publish a new calendar for our popular Ten-Minute Training Topic series. These driver training packages are included in our very popular “driver safety hotline” program that some firms continue to call a “how’s my driving” program.
This article is focused mainly on our Ten-Minute Training Topic series that is included with our hotline program.
The monthly training package for drivers includes:
- A driver handout with statistics about the issue, a description of why they should care and tips to consider about their driving habits.
- A manager’s supplement report that includes current news stories about that month’s topic, links to web sites with additional resources and a discussion of how the month’s topic relates to company policies and procedures.
- A pair of power point presentations — one for easy copying/printing and one with full graphics and images to help drivers relate to the message at hand.
The very first Ten-Minute Training Topic was published way back in May of 2003 — long before any other vendors had ever considered breaking driver safety down into simple, focused modules. We’ve been publishing a new or re-written topic each month since then — building an archive of over 120+ topics at our customer website.
During 2014, we will be publishing several interesting topics based on client requests and feedback:
- January – “Surviving Winter Weather“
- February – “Check Your Vehicle“
- March – “Driving Safely Near Motorcycles“
- April – “Backing“ (April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month so you may supplement with additional “distracted driving” modules from our library)
- May – “Red Lights“
- June – “Intersection Collisions“
- July – “ROW On-Ramp Collisions“
- August – “School Zones“
- September – “Tailgating – Following Too Closely“
- October – “Tires“
- November – “Roadside Hazards and Debris“ (November is Drowsy Driving Awareness Month so you may want to supplement from our library)
- December – “Poor Visibility“
In the past, we’ve published topics on many other pertinent and timely issues related to driver safety. Current clients may substitute older issues for current issues by going to our site and downloading the older topics as they see fit.
In addition to providing these topics as a benefit of participating in the “driver safety hotline” program, some clients subscribe to the training topics as a stand alone program — separate from the hotline program.
We base most of the topics on suggestions we receive from current clients and their insurance carrier support teams. If you have a topic of interest, please let us know and we will see what we can do for you.
If you have an interest in receiving a courtesy copy of one of our monthly programs, let me know! Additionally, if you’d like to see a preview of our supervisory training programs, or our interactive training programs, we can arrange a web cast.