If you're like many over-worked and under-appreciated safety managers, you may not have a written training plan for drivers scheduled for the next 12 months. It's hard! What should you included? What are the biggest problems? Where will you find the time to build good training content? Most of our clients realize at some point that their time was better spent managing the training plan rather than being a DIY training video producer.
This 1-year training plan for drivers addresses most of the crash and injury problems, and is completely customizable. And best of all, it's not just "written," it is DONE. The courses are scheduled, and get assigned automatically. You can set it and forget it! (Though we recommend keeping tabs on it, obviously!)
The Problem: Crashes and Injuries Keep Happening
Incident-related expenses such as insurance premiums, deductibles and downtime represent 10-20 percent of a fleet’s total operational costs. Crashes are also a leading cause of expensive workers’ compensation claims. And according to HUB, one of the largest insurance providers in North America, “one in five vehicles will be involved in some sort of crash throughout the year... in some industries, accident rate is even higher."
The Other Problem: You're Too Busy
Unfortunately, a one-year training plan often takes a backseat to dealing with the never-ending demands of managing a small- to medium-sized fleet. We hear it all the time: You understand the value of safety training for truck drivers, but have a hard time making time to build a training plan in advance.
There's a saying we like at ITI: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today." In that vein, we suggest our "Don't Delay, Start Today" one-year training plan.
The Solution: A Plug-and-Play 1-year Training Plan
So here's a fast and simple solution: a 12-month plan that lets you address most frequent types of crashes, injuries and problems. It's a great starting point used by many of our new clients. Many use it to follow up from their driver safety training orientation program.
Is it totally customized to your fleet's specific problems? Not yet, but it can be! During your onboarding with us, ITI's Client Services team will help you target and schedule training courses using our Sentix Pro LMS. After all, we have an online training library with more than 48 hours of courses.
Customizable, Online Fleet Safety Training
Fleet Safety Training Course Suggestions
ITI courses use mastery-based training, which means each lesson includes periodic quizzes and exercises to ensure understanding. Lessons are self-paced and always-up-to-date.
You can assign monthly training to individuals, groups or everyone in the company with just a few clicks. Below is an example monthly covering different key safety topics. Working with our production team, any lesson can be customized to include any company-specific policies you may have.
Sample Monthly Training Schedule
Month 1 - Seat Belts
Seat belts save lives and prevent injuries, yet some drivers still refuse to wear them. This lesson reviews the many reasons to wear a seat belt and some popular myths about seat belt use.
Course length 5 min
Month 2 - Defensive Driving
Streets and highways are filled with drivers of mixed abilities who are often distracted. To stay safe and avoid collisions, fleet drivers must always assume that other drivers will make mistakes. This lesson covers different ways to anticipate and avoid accidents.
Course length 12 min
Month 3 - Fatigue Management
Being tired while operating a commercial vehicle can be as dangerous as drunk driving. This lesson teaches drivers to recognize early symptoms of driver fatigue and how to manage it. Alternatives include our Hours of Service course, especially with the 2020 HOS changes.
Course length 11 min
Month 4 - Avoiding Distractions
Drivers know they should devote their full, undivided attention to the road in front of them, but many give in to the temptation of a nearby smartphone or favorite snack. This lesson reminds drivers of the dangers of distracted driving and how to avoid temptation. Alternative courses could include our entire suite of PRO-DEFENSE defensive driving courses, which emphasize avoiding distractions throughout.
Course length 19 min
Month 5 - Lane Changes & Intersections
Many collisions occur in intersections. So in this lesson, we cover how to change lanes safely, communicate with other motorists, time lights at intersections and other strategies for intersection safety.
Course length 8 min
Month 6 - Summer Driving
In this lesson, the driver learns about desert and hot weather driving and how to avoid hazards of on crowded summer roads.
Course length 6 min
Month 7 - Night Driving
This lesson examines some of the challenges associated with night driving and how to deal with them including:
- How to prepare your vehicle for night driving
- How to use your lights
- How to manage fatigue and drowsiness
- Using your vision at night
- How to maximize your skills at night
Course length 12 min
Month 8 - Urban Driving
Driving in a city or urban environment means dealing with traffic, tight turns and unpredictable pedestrians. In this lesson, drivers learn how to take a proactive approach to safe driving in an urban environment.
Course length 7 min
Month 9 - Avoiding Rear-End Collisions
Whether in the city or on the highway, rear-end collisions are a dangerous and (unfortunately) common occurrence. Many of these collisions can be prevented. Alertness, speed, and space all play a factor. After viewing this lesson, a driver will learn:
- How to create a space cushion
- The importance of perception, reaction and braking time
- How to manage limited visibility
- Timing intersection light changes
- How to avoid slow-speed rear-end collisions
Month 10 - Parking Lots
Parking lots account for as many as one in five crash claims. Distracted drivers and pedestrians are a few of the many hazards in parking lot areas. This lesson covers how to anticipate and avoid hazards, assessing delivery and drop off locations and how to adjust speed and space for congested areas.
Course length 7 min
Month 11 - Winter Driving and/or Dealing with Road Rage
Winter Driving can be a challenge no matter where you drive. Reduced visibility, changing road conditions and vehicle breakdowns all make winter driving difficult. This lesson examines how to deal with emergencies associated with winter driving including how to install tire chains and dealing with skids.
Course length 31 min
Road Rage is something drivers see, and maybe experience, every day. In this lesson, drivers learn how attitude adjustment can reduce road rage. It also covers the benefits of professional driver behavior.
Course length 11 min
Month 12 - Avoiding Fixed Objects
This lesson discusses how collisions with fixed objects can be easily avoided including. After viewing the lessons, the driver will learn: how to back safely, how to use mirrors and be familiar with site-specific (i.e. parking lot) hazards.
Course length 13 min
Your Year of Training is Scheduled
Online training from ITI is easy to implement and proven to reduce fleet costs due to injuries and incident-related expenses. You can even build a plan around post-incident training for those inevitable crashes. Don't wait!