With overseas travel off the cards there’s going to be a lot more people taking to the roads these holidays. Many of them will be towing new caravans and boats on trailers they’re still getting used to - this means increased risk.
There’s something simple you can do today.
The right driver training can help keep your staff, their families and you safer these holidays.
When you implement Fleetcoach driver training, you’ll do three important things for your staff:
1. Sharpen their driving skills before setting off on their summer adventures
2. Give them ways to manage their holiday season stress
3. Show that you care about them and take their safety seriously
And, of course, if you already have Fleetcoach, then it’s a good time to encourage your staff to complete their training.
You can’t control what other road users do. But you can make sure that your staff are in the best possible position to respond.
But we’re so busy! Where will we find the time?
No doubt, there’s always stuff to do. And people’s mental load is high at this time of year – maybe especially so this year.
Except we’re not always as busy as we think. One of the best things about Fleetcoach’s training is that drivers can dip in and out of it until they’ve finished. Most people can find 10-20 minutes here and there. It can be done anywhere and anytime – perfect if you’ve got people on altered schedules or working remotely.
Offer your staff the training, and they can decide how they’ll fit it in. The bonus? Adults learn best when they get to control when and how they do it.
It’s quick and easy to get Fleetcoach set up. But if you don’t have the time, or need help, we can manage that process for you.
Have your driver training wrapped before Christmas.
Driver training is one project that definitely can be completed before your doors close for the year.
And it’s a project that’ll have massive immediate benefit. As your staff move through the training, they’ll gain skills they can apply immediately to make them safer and more aware drivers.
Isn’t that something that’s worth prioritising? Get in touch today - email now or call us on 0800 337 483.
Things you can do right now to be safer on the road You might like to share these driving safety tips with your team in the lead up to the holiday period. These are just a few small things that should be obvious, but we can sometimes forget. It’s always useful to have a gentle reminder!
1. Be mindful. Think about the decisions you’re making, especially when you’re on familiar terrain in a familiar vehicle. Things go wrong when we’re on autopilot.
- Are you feeling okay to drive?
- Be prepared for anything, especially the unexpected
- Try to stay present – the other stuff on your mind can wait
2. Plan ahead. We can’t control a lot of what happens on our trip: roadworks, traffic jams, detours. Planning ahead makes for an easier journey!
- Avoid driving when you’re already stressed
- Check traffic reports for delays
- Choose a quieter time to avoid queues
3. Watch out for fatigue. It’s well-established that driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving drunk. It’s normal in our part of the world to drive for long distances, and that’s really demanding – especially if you had an early start.
- Remember to take breaks at least every two hours
- Stay hydrated (and go easy on the coffee!)
- Share the driving if possible
- Get a good night’s sleep before your journey
4. Check your vehicle. Before packing the car and heading off, give your car a once-over to make sure it’s safe.
- Check your tyre pressure, lights, and brakes (don’t forget your spare tyre!)
- Make sure your warrant and registration are good through the holidays
- Make sure you’ve packed your car properly and that there’s nothing loose in the car that could harm you or others – that includes pets along for the ride!
5. Focus on the task at hand. We might think we’re good at multi-tasking, but really we’re not. We’re just doing two small tasks in really quick succession, and not doing either as well as we could. A little preparation makes for a safer trip.
- Have your radio or music player all set before you get moving
- Put your phone on silent, or set it to Do Not Disturb
- Have your water in easy reach
- Have your destination programmed into your navigation before you leave
- Concentrate on driving, and worry about everything else later