How can we detect and address/ reduce bad driving habits among our drivers?
Some of the suggestions from driver trainers include:
- Defensive driver training should be a prerequisite before receiving a Code EC or C1 licence.
- Drivers should pass the existing K53, then drive a Code B for a minimum of 3 years crash-free then be forced to undergo Defensive driver training before issuing their heavy-duty driver’s licence.
- Constant driver training, use of various monitoring systems and acting on non-conformances shown, constant driver feedback on how they can improve (corrective action training) driver incentives, allowing drivers to feel important and showing them the effect that their behaviour has on the organization.
- Using seasoned well-trained drivers as trainers to detect and identify weaknesses.
- Providing on route coaching while transferring knowledge and experience.
- Effective competency testing.
- Provide embedded knowledge training – improves understanding of the truck.
- Provide effective Defensive Driver Training – improves understanding of the road.
- There is no substitute for adequate, on-going, professional driver training by a reputable and certified service provided.
- Training should be recognized not as an expense but an investment.