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Time for a rethink on driver training approaches, says Arval

Adopting a more targeted approach to driver training rather than a one-size-fits-all methodology could enhance fleet risk management as well as cut costs.

David Watts, fleet consultant Arval

David Watts, fleet consultant Arval

So says Arval as it highlights that the availability of better data is providing fleet managers with the means to identify drivers who would really benefit from training and even giving a strong indication as to the kind of training that they might need.

According to Arval’s fleet consultant David Watts, data ranging from telematics analysis through to fuel use and tyre wear can be used alongside collision and damage information to increasingly help fleet managers to identify who needs specific driving help.

He added that there are also instances where training a group of drivers can also make sense, for example if the company has hired a dozen graduates and is asking them to cover perhaps 15,000 miles per year, which is quite a step for young drivers who are probably quite inexperienced.

Watts also continued that any driver training will only really be successful if it is part of a wider road risk management programme that promotes a road safety culture.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.