Fleet training: what you need to know

Although passing the initial driving test is a prerequisite for driving on UK roads, it’s often the point where driver training ceases. With many organisations employing drivers, fleet training is an essential consideration. There are many training resources out there, so it’s important to know exactly what’s involved with fleet training.

Introduction to fleet training courses

While training drivers who can already drive may seem like an unnecessary additional expense during difficult economic times, it’s important to appreciate the benefits. If you’re managing a fleet of drivers who have all been appropriately trained, then you can expect far fewer incidents. This means that your organisation will be saved time and money. Other considerations are the fact that better trained drivers are liable to use much less fuel, and will have fewer insurance claims.

Organising fleet training can easily be done online. As your driving fleet will naturally comprise a diverse range of skills, your first step will be to gain an overall picture of driver abilities. This needn’t be in-depth; simply list your drivers by name, together with a breakdown of their licence details, points, training and how good their eyesight is.

Once this spreadsheet is forward to the Fleet Training providers, they can identify those drivers who are higher risk, so they can be supported accordingly.

Under the terms of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999), all employers must conduct risk assessments to ensure employee safety. This is particularly important where fleet training is concerned, because working drivers clocking up 25,000 miles are just behind miners and fishermen in terms of dangerous occupations!

What fleet training involves

Fleet training involves all aspects of driving. Firstly, road safety and driving risks are covered, either individually, or as your entire fleet. The second aspect is usually an in-depth look at vehicle maintenance, both in practical terms, and knowledge of legal responsibilities. Finally, drivers themselves will be assessed so that key risk areas can be countered.

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