By The Fuelcard People, featured in Co-Pilot, Volvo

If your drivers all have the current clean licences, of the right categories, you might assume that they need no further training. That could be an expensive assumption, costing your business money every time that a vehicle takes to the road. Acquiring the knowledge and skills to pass a driving test is only the beginning of learning to drive.

Few people drive with maximum cost-efficiency. Almost all drivers could benefit from appropriate training to reduce fuel consumption, reduce vehicle reduce wear and tear, minimise service and repair costs and increase their safety on the road.

Effective training need not even be vehicle-based, although this will depend upon the course objectives. Significant benefits are available from classroom-based training, which offers the advantage of allowing a number of drivers to receive consistent training concurrently.

Potential topics could include journey management and safety, driver risk workshops. As an example, the classroom is an ideal forum for minimising future risk to drivers, and limiting corporate exposure, through teaching the correct actions following a road accident.

E-learning and simulator training can deliver lasting impact in such areas as hazard perception and speed awareness. These methods can be especially appropriate when training needs to be conducted outside of normal working hours. E-learning is particularly suitable for quickly and cost-effectively targeting a geographically dispersed workforce, such as a national sales team.

Sometimes, there is no substitute for in-vehicle training, which allows the trainer to observe a driver in real situations and, where appropriate, demonstrate. Training can range from improving whole-life vehicle costs through eco-driving courses, to reducing on-site bumps by teaching low-speed manoeuvring.

Action Point: The Fuelcard People advise you to compare fuel consumption figures to identify drivers who would benefit from improved driving habits. Ensure that all drivers know what to do following an accident to protect themselves and the company. Consult drivers themselves, in confidence, on their own and colleagues’ training requirements. Don’t forget to include your grey fleet drivers as their bad habits will also be affecting your bottom line.

To find out more about the Co-Pilot programme, call the Volvo Car Business Centre on 0844 4905 209, talk to us via live chat or visit your local dealership