Driver Risk Assessment & Training

We all assume that we can drive well, but it's a skill that is earned through experience. Unfortunately, bad habits may also develop in our driving skills. A small percentage of drivers are responsible for a large percentage of collisions. Most of these drivers exhibit poor driving behaviour long before the crashes occur.

It is important that companies ascertain the levels of hazard perception, behaviour and driving knowledge of their employees. If these levels are poor, and therefore a high risk, consideration should be given to defensive driver training, or specialised training for specific driving risks.

Negative Positive
 
No formal assessment of driver attitude, hazard perception, knowledge or behaviour. Formal recruitment procedures that include computer-based, classroom, written or practical assessment of an employees driving habits and knowledge.
No training for drivers who are deemed to be a 'high risk'. Ongoing/periodic reviews of drivers’ habits & knowledge, either by reviewing incident statistics, or repeat assessments.
No recognition of inherent risks that require specialised training, such as remote working, off-road driving etc. Management policies and procedures are introduced based on risk assessments.
  Formal training programs for high risk drivers.

  • Establish formal driver assessment programs for recruitment procedures, and ongoing, periodic assessment. Risk assessments should concentrate on the driver, the vehicle and the journey.
  • Establish management interventions, and provide driver training for those drivers that have been identified as high risk by incident reviews/records, their driving profile, assessments, or by a combination of these.
  • Training can take many forms, each of which have a different period of efficacy, so ensure that records of driver training are kept up-to-date, and repeat training is provided where necessary.

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