Big re­wards from driver train­ing

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EV­ERY DOL­LAR TRANS­PORT COM­PA­NIES IN­VEST IN driver train­ing has the po­ten­tial to be mul­ti­plied sev­eral times over to im­prove their bot­tom line, says a se­nior in­sur­ance com­pany ex­ec­u­tive.

Ian Tay­lor who heads NZI’S com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cle di­vi­sion says driver per­for­mance has never been more im­por­tant to prof­itabil­ity.

“Smart op­er­a­tors have re­alised that driver per­for­mance is the big­gest sin­gle fac­tor they can con­trol and can di­rectly af­fect the prof­itabil­ity of their com­pany.”

There are ob­vi­ous fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits from fewer crashes, and there’s money saved on re­pairs and avoid­ing the crip­pling cost of time off the road while the ve­hi­cle is be­ing re­paired.

There are fuel sav­ings to be made too. When driv­ers learn to reg­u­late their speed by re­duc­ing se­vere ac­cel­er­a­tion and de­cel­er­a­tion and keep­ing be­low the speed limit, fuel sav­ings can be con­sid­er­able.

Tay­lor says the great­est ben­e­fit can be in longevity of ma­chin­ery from more sym­pa­thetic op­er­a­tion.

“If a driver is be­ing more sym­pa­thetic to ma­chin­ery then dam­age to en­gines, run­ning gear, brakes and gear­boxes can be greatly re­duced.”

Tay­lor says NZI of­fers two driver train­ing cour­ses through the NZI Fleet Fit pro­gramme, and both can trans­form a fleet’s prof­itabil­ity: a 12-month Drives­mart pro­gramme from CCS Lo­gis­tics, and ses­sions in a ve­hi­cle sim­u­la­tor op­er­ated by Au­tosense.

The first step in the Drives­mart pro­gramme is the re­view, anal­y­sis and bench­mark­ing of data sourced from the ve­hi­cle’s GPS sys­tem.

That’s fol­lowed by dis­cus­sion and action plan­ning with the fleet man­ager to use those in­sights to make im­prove­ments.

Dur­ing the 12-month Drives­mart pro­gramme, on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing and re­views al­low the man­ager to en­sure the new lev­els of aware­ness are be­ing used on the road.

CCS Lo­gis­tics’ Corinne Wat­son says en­gag­ing with the GPS data gen­er­ally has a very pos­i­tive im­pact on driv­ers.

She says that us­ing the GPS records has al­ready seen the Drives­mart pro­gramme lead to a 30 to 80 per­cent re­duc­tion in the time driv­ers spend driv­ing above the speed limit.

NZI’S Fleet Fit pro­gramme also of­fers qual­i­fy­ing driv­ers from NZI- and Lum­ley-in­sured com­pa­nies ac­cess to the Au­tosense ve­hi­cle sim­u­la­tor.

Tay­lor says ses­sions in the sim­u­la­tor can be a unique op­por­tu­nity for even the most ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers to pre­pare for the worst driv­ing con­di­tions.

“The sim­u­la­tor can recre­ate re­ally ad­verse con­di­tions with in­cred­i­ble ac­cu­racy. So driv­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence driv­ing in heavy snow, through black ice and in heavy rain con­di­tions – the kind of con­di­tions that driv­ers face very rarely and al­most al­ways on their own, of­ten late at night.

“To en­counter these con­di­tions with an in­struc­tor re­mind­ing them of how to deal with them can be mas­sively ben­e­fi­cial for driv­ers of ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence level.”

NZI Fleet Fit is avail­able to qual­i­fy­ing NZI and Lum­ley cus­tomers and can be ei­ther sub­sidised or com­pli­men­tary.

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