With a surge of demand in the trucking industry expected in 2021, fleets need to do everything they can to ensure they have the necessary drivers to meet these growing needs. For many, the most straightforward way to do this is to reduce turnover, but many fleets struggle to determine where to start.
Fortunately, there are two simple steps any fleet can take to improve their training and engage drivers, both of which will lead to success in reducing their turnover.
Tailor Training to Each Driver’s Needs
Unfortunately, there is no generic “training plan” that can address all forms of driver-risk. If a driver has demonstrated at-risk driving behaviors through a series of hard braking incidents, they will require different training than a driver that’s demonstrating at-risk behaviors leading to backing accidents.
Additionally, better allocation of your training time and resources to the drivers that need them most is crucial for maximizing the success of your program. Providing targeted material leads to increased buy-in.
For a fleet’s training program to truly shine, they need to tailor their training to each at-risk driver’s unique needs and target those that need it most—at times when it is most likely to be well-received.
Don’t Ignore Your Safest Drivers
While your fleet’s safest drivers might not need a targeted professional development plan (PDP), it’s a huge mistake to ramp down engagement with them.
Simply picking up the telephone each week, or even just once a month, can help your driver managers build a rapport with your safest drivers. These are often the drivers fleets most need to reach out to, as they have a driving record worth keeping around and are often ignored by their fleets.
To help with this, implementing a task management system at your fleet can help your managers contact each driver regularly, sending your managers a notification when a designated period has passed since their last touchpoint. This apporach can also give leadership visibility into the engagement practices of their Operations team.
The Tool You Need to Tailor Training and Engage Drivers
While it may seem challenging to overhaul your fleet’s training program and ensure consistent engagement with all your drivers, fortunately, some tools make this process easy.
The Idelic Safety Suite® is the most comprehensive driver management platform in the trucking industry, consolidating your driver data from all of your systems into a single location.
Instantly ID your most at-risk drivers and assign a training plan that fits their needs, specific to their risk triggers. With the Driver Watch List, managers can view a comprehensive list of their most at-risk drivers—compiled using AI-powered models—and immediately see why they’re at risk so they can intervene with targeted, tailored action.
If you’d like to learn more about identifying and addressing driver risk, watch a 2-minute demo or sign up for a deep-dive here.