New for 2020 and as part of its comprehensive portfolio of driver risk management and driver training products DriveTech, the leader in driver training and part of the AA, has refreshed and improved its online risk assessment and expanded the range of online e-learning modules significantly.
Online driver risk assessments are a cost-effective and accessible way to assess the risk of fleet drivers. It keeps driver downtime to a minimum but still acts as a highly practical tool to establish the nature and weight of risk that any driver is likely to be exposed to in their specific driving patterns and experience. The online assessment creates a ‘risk exposure’ profile for each driver which can be used to identify drivers who are high risk.
These digital systems are an ideal and effective tool that can be completed 24/7 with simple access to a desktop, laptop, tablet or even smartphone.
Re-developed in-house by the DriveTech Product Solutions team, the new modules are smart, modern and with refreshed graphics and content. And the e-learning modules have been expanded from an original 12 (?) to 24 different modules each running to approximately 10 minutes in length, plus the new addition of 72 further micro-modules for follow on shorter but still punchy ‘bitesize’ refresher learnings ideal to complete on a smartphone during a normal working day.
After a driver completes their risk assessment, they complete e-learning modules tailored to the answers they have given. By targeting the driver’s highest risk areas, their exposure to that risk is addressed and minimised. It also tries to avoid the “one size fits all” approach, with tailored interventions dependent on driver profile.
Commenting on the new suite of modules being launched Leo Taylor, Head of Product Solutions at DriveTech, said:
“We are delighted with our new comprehensive range and hope they build on DriveTech’s heritage in quality online and on-road learning. These e-learning modules are assigned according to the outcome of an employees’ driver risk assessment. This ensures that the learning intervention is tailored to the driver’s needs based on the answers they gave, rather than applying a blanket approach, and is considerate of their time too. The modules are visual and interactive, using gamification techniques to make them more memorable and easier to apply in practice.”
DriveTech are keen to make sure these modules are deployed in a flexible manner and befitting the customer’s needs. The alternative to following the driver’s assessment with a defined list of recommended e-learnings is that the customer may choose specific modules to take at a certain time, Winter Driving, for example, being “pushed” to drivers in the approach to colder and potentially more hazardous road and weather conditions.
Leo Taylor adds:
“To help keep the information fresh in each driver’s mind, these 10-minute courses can be followed up over a matter of weeks or months with three 2-minute micro teach modules. This approach effectively extends the learning and development window to the benefit of drivers and their businesses.”
The 24-strong topic areas covered in the new e-learning modules are detailed in full below and cover all key aspects of modern driving and driving preparations:
Fitness to Drive, Vehicle Safety Checks, Preparing to Drive, Winter Driving, Safety at the Roadside, Dealing with Collisions, Time Management, Loading Your Vehicle Safely, Mobile Phone Use, Fuel Efficient Driving, Bay Parking Choices, Concentration & Distractions, Negotiating Junctions, Managing Rural Road Risk, Managing Motorway Risk, Speed Sense, Driving through Changing Conditions, Reducing Driving Anxiety, Driving Enjoyment, Vulnerable Road Users, Managing Tiredness & Fatigue, Alcohol & Drug Awareness, Driving at Night & in Limited Visibility and Parking & Security at Home.
Find out more about the DriveTech range of driver risk management and driver training services at www. drivetech.co.uk