Majority of fleet drivers not getting formal road risk training
Fleet drivers are missing out on formal training despite the opportunities for business to enhance their road risk management and cut costs.
New research from ALD Automotive has found that 62% of drivers have had no formal driver training, of which 34% said they would like a better understanding of risk to improve safety. And of the 38% who had received training, 84% said that they would recommend it.
The survey, conducted on over 500 drivers over an 18-month period, also found that less than half of drivers (43%) had been asked to complete a simple health check to ensure that they are fit to drive for work purposes. Yet 81% said they would support making health checks a legal requirement.
Mel Dawson, managing director, said: “The lack of formal driver training being offered may be down to the view that it is expensive or only necessary in a minority of cases. But training is clearly something that drivers want, and fleet managers have a number of tools, such as telematics, to identify opportunities for specific training in order to avoid costly behaviour.
“Fleets that don’t offer training are missing an opportunity to improve efficiency, reduce accidents and reduce running costs through lower fuel, maintenance and insurance bills, and it further demonstrates a duty of care to drivers.”