Fleet drivers join Advanced Driver Training scheme

Drivers in Northern Powergrid’s fleet have responded with enthusiasm to the company’s newly deployed Advanced Driver Training initiative, with over 190 drivers of fleet and grey fleet vehicles joining the course in 2020.

Undertaking exacting assessments

The Newcastle-based electrical distribution firm currently operates an extensive fleet comprised of 190 vehicles in total.

Although all drivers already undertake rigorous driving skills assessments before being approved to drive the firm’s fleet vehicles, the new scheme empowers personnel to enhance their driving abilities in their own time and acquire an Advanced Driver qualification.

Performance and driver safety manager for Northern Powergrid, John Wilkinson, commented:

“With some of our employees covering more than 30,000 miles each year in the course of work, we’re really pleased with the uptake of our offer to support our employees in becoming safer drivers.”

He added that Northern Powergrid fleet drivers were required to operate around the clock every day of the year, in all weather and on a mix of rural and urban roads, and that the firm would be considering more opportunities to build their road skills in the future.

Reducing fleet costs overall

Firms investing in their drivers with specialist driver training courses can appreciate multiple benefits from a more efficient team that communicates better to saving significant sums of money. Savings can be made on repairs and maintenance and fuel, but driver training can also reduce the cost of fleet insurance premiums.

Actively instructing drivers on the most effective methods of driving can decrease the size of insurance. For example, if your drivers are being trained while using fleet technology that is designed to keep track of driver behaviour, this can substantially reduce the insurance premiums you pay.
Furthermore, driver training can also assist in reducing the number of accidents and claims that can potentially cause the cost of your cover to rise.

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