Driver Improvement Through Targeted Driver Training

Ongoing driver improvement through targeted driver training is one of the hottest trends in fleet management today.

When based on actual driving history, it is an effective tool for driver improvement. A recent article in Commercial Carrier Journal mentions the need for more targeted driver training.  The article warns that in cab alerts are distracting to the driver. Classroom trainings like those endorsed by the National Safety Council are great, and have been the standard for many years.  We teach the NSC Defensive Driving Course on a monthly basis at our own corporate office, but it takes advance planning and time off the job for drivers to attend.  Business requires something that is readily available when needed.

Over the past couple of years, 2 primary models of targeted driver self-improvement have emerged.  Not surprisingly, they are simple merit models and demerit models.

Merit vs Demerit

Examples of merit models are game apps. Driving data is converted into a score and drivers compete for recognition.  Competition is the primary motivation because it is fun, and because nobody wants to be a loser.  Adding a reward, like a cash bonus for the most improved driver, maintains interest. Clearly, competition will promote driver improvement, but is still not targeted driver training.

Demerit models look for problems and assign targeted driver training.  Specific behavior, for example speeding, results in lessons assigned to the driver on how speed can be dangerous.  This achieves driver improvement in two ways.

  1. The driver learns how speed can be a danger to himself and others through the lessons assigned.
  2. The driver doesn’t want another course assignment that he has to complete after work hours, so he changes his behavior.

The goal is to provide a custom training course based on need.  Each driver is assigned lessons based on their driving deficiencies. A program like this is often administered by the Safety Department in larger companies, but in small and medium size businesses, who is going to do all that? Many businesses would like to implement targeted driver training, but only if it is a “hands off” approach.

Predictive Coach course modules

Predictive Coach Course Modules

The Keys to Automating Driver Training

To automate the process your GPS tracking system provides the data directly to the training app.  Training content on a variety of subjects is organized into courses and lessons.  When thresholds for unwanted behavior are met, the app assigns the appropriate training to the driver.  Drivers access training from their personal devices, and no supervision is needed. Training is easy to use, interesting, and focused on driver improvement. Managers only need to be notified when drivers fail to complete the assigned courses, but they can review lessons assigned and completed if they want.

Predictive Coach meets all of the criteria.

  1. Improves driver behaviors with a data driven training program
  2. Eases the burden of safety monitoring through automation
  3. Eliminates willful negligence around driver discipline
  4. Integrates seamlessly with your Geotab tracking solution
  5. Proven to produce results through targeted driver training

Predictive Coach automated driver training has been evaluated by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is proven to reduce dangerous driver behavior.

Predictive Coach Study Improvement Graph

Individual Predictive Coach courses contain 3 to 7 individual lessons.  The lessons are automatically assigned to drivers when exceptions to rules occur.  The driving rules used are the ones you configure with tolerances you set.  Managers are notified when assigned lessons have not been completed, and they appreciate the compact dashboards and reports that are available for reviewing and comparing drivers. Drivers can complete the courses on laptop, phone or tablet from virtually anywhere.

That fits our definition – automated driver improvement through targeted driver training.

Schedule a demo to learn how Predictive Coach is affordable, easy to implement and protects your fleet and organization.

GPS Installation & Troubleshooting

Save Time and Money

 

Learning the basics of installation and troubleshooting is often faster than working through the help desk. The devices can be installed in about 20 minutes and troubleshooting can be done in about 10 minutes. This enables customers to resolve issues faster than getting on the phone and then being asked by support to perform the same steps anyway. It means you can get your fleet back on the road faster and making money. Click the links below to read more.

The quickest thing you can do for an initial test is to swap the GPS unit not working one from a known working vehicle. If the GPS units continue to exhibit the same performance in the new vehicle there is a high chance there is an issue with the GPS device.

It is important to perform this and other troubleshooting steps. Returning a device found to be working will result in a $35 bench testing and postage fee.

 

GO Device Light Definitions

 

On initial power-up, all three LEDs on the GO device will flash once in unison indicating that the device is receiving power. If none of the LEDs flash, this is an indicator that the device is not powered on.

After the initial flash, the Green LED will briefly turn solid indicating that the modem is connected to our servers. The Blue LED will also briefly turn solid indicating that the GPS is working. Both LEDs will eventually shut down if ignition is turned off.

Once ignition is turned on, the following are common light sequences indicating an issue:

 

  • No lights
  • Red only
  • Red and Blue only (most common)
  • Red and Green only

Proper GO Device Installation

 

The images below display proper installation of the GO device. For proper installation, ensure there is no gap between the device and the port, then secure the connection with a zip tie.

Incorrect Installation

Correct Installation

Device Status Table

Login into your MyFleetistics account and click the widget in the top right corner or use the menu as shown.

Click the image to enlarge.

See what hasn’t reported, view on a map and open a support case from one location.

GPS vehicle tracker installation and troubleshooting

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NSC Defensive Driving Course – Only $299!

Avoid missed work and travel expenses to another state and potentially keep your insurance rates from going up. There are several hotels within a 1/4 mile of our location, and plenty of restaurants if you need to stay overnight. You can easily make a dreadful experience into something happy and fun. Join us and we’ll help make the best of a difficult situation. Stay the weekend and enjoy Tampa Go to the beach or eat in Ybor City!

National Safety Council Training

National Safety Council Traffic School
Defensive Driving Course

Out of State Ticket?

If you got a ticket while driving outside of Florida, you may be able to avoid returning to Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina or the New England area by attending our National Safety Council Training Defensive Driving Course in Tampa, FL. Florida’s DMV traffic school course often will not meet the requirements of other states. You must either return to the state of the infraction, or take the NSC course at an authorized training center. Fleetistics offers the only active NSC DDC training in Florida.

You must contact the state where you got the ticket to learn if the NSC DDC course is a substitute for traffic school or moving violation fines. Fleetistics has no information or authority to provide information. We do not offer legal advice or answer questions about any topic other than those related to administering the DDC.

For course information click here.

 

Small Class, Relaxed Atmosphere

We offer the ability to compete your course in an intimate, no-pressure environment. Our National Safety Council certified instructor, Darryl Arnold, offers the course at an easy-to-follow pace. As the only provider for the National Safety Council training, we have tailored our program to also be as efficient as possible. Our main concern is helping you get back on the road safely without hefty fines and rising insurance rates.

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