If a distribution company implements an effective driver training system, their workers may suffer fewer traffic accidents and be less likely to make a claim. Consequently, policy-holders may also be entitled to cheaper van insurance at renewal.

In addition, successfully training drivers may also help to improve worker productivity and allow companies to build-up a good reputation amongst shareholders, investors and communities.

However, before starting training, employers should establish which methods are effective. Otherwise, even with the best of intentions, their efforts could be wasted.

One of the more conventional ways to improve driver behaviour involves emailing workers with hints and tips to help them become safer, more considerate motorists.

Yet, according to driver training company Peak Performance, this system is largely ineffective.

The firm believes employees with a busy workload may not read emails which are not integral to their assignments. Moreover, managers who send out mass training emails or newsletters cannot be certain if respondents have read them or are even taking them seriously.

Driver training is about seeing long-lasting viable effects, and employers should investigate methods which ultimately allow workers to become safer road users. To do this, the organisation feels companies should hire a fully-qualified professional trainer to teach their drivers in a one-to-one setting or through interactive workshops.

If in doubt, employers should interview staff members to uncover which approaches are most beneficial. Yet, one solution could involve telematics technology.

How telematics may benefit driver training
Telematics technology may help employees drive safely and possibly reduce the price of the company’s van insurance policy.

When an employer purchases telematics cover, they will have data collection devices fitted to their vehicles. These boxes monitor various driving-related aspects, such as a van’s speed, acceleration, braking and location.

Outside the workplace, one telematics insurance company claims customers aged between 17 and 21, were 75% less likely to be responsible for a traffic accident after having had a policy with them for 11 months.

Proof that these devices can be greatly beneficial to corporations has also been collected in a business environment. For example, after fitting telematics devices to 2,200 vans in 2008, Tesco reported that it had managed to save 12% on its fuel consumption and 6% on damage caused by vehicle collisions.

If an employee drove badly, their behaviour was recorded. This allowed duty-holders to remedy the situation. Moreover, Tesco also used a league table system to highlight the employees which were performing admirably.

As well as saving money on repairs and fuel consumption, by making sure employees drove safely and responsibly, Tesco may have also received cheaper van insurance when it came to renew its vehicle cover.

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