Our goal isn’t to teach them (or re-teach them) the basics of “how” to drive, but to remind them of the potential consequences of becoming complacent, slipping into bad habits or developing risky behaviors while driving on-the-job.
We started a monthly driver education program over a decade ago in May of 2003. Called “Ten-Minute Training Topics” this program was designed to break the traditional 6-8 hour driver instruction program of that day into smaller, bite sized pieces with a tighter focus on specific issues.
So instead of a mind-numbing all day program that covers all sorts of issues that may or may not be pertinent to the drivers actually seated in the classroom, we strove to give a supervisor and driver a ten-minute conversation about something like “avoiding collisions in parking lots” or “reminders for proper use of turn signals”. After all, if it takes a formal classroom setting and several hours to inspire proper use of turn signals, we think someone is doing something wrong.
The typical “Ten-Minute Training Topic” consists of:
- Driver Handout
- Manager’s Supplemental Report
- Power Point Slideshow with minimal graphics (easy to reproduce)
- Power Point Slideshow with full color pictures and graphics.
More recently, we began to convert our training topics into brief (5-7 minute) video presentations tied to online quizzes. These are linked to our E-DriverFile recordkeeping program and our Safety Hotline system for seamless integration. The video modules can be assigned as the result of:
- Supervisor manually adding a driver and class assignment
- System automatically assigning based on MVR score and violation types (ACD Code driven)
- System assignment by receipt of “How’s My Driving” report (based on specific behaviors mentioned in the report)
- Telematics Alerts funneled through our other reporting systems