Why Driver Training Matters

Training is not a one time event. Discover the fundamentals of mitigating risk by training drivers.
In 2019, NSC estimates over 38,800 motor vehicle related fatalities
Medically consulted motor-vehicle injuries in 2016 are estimated to be about 4.6 million
Estimated economic costs of motor-vehicle crashes including fatalities, injuries, and property damage in 2016 is $432.5 billion

Root Cause of Motor Vehicle Crashes

Driver behavior, and more specifically, poor decision making, has long been recognized as the primary cause of motor vehicle crashes. Not driving skill.

Human Related

In fact, human related factors were the primary cause in over 95.4 percent

Driver Behavior

A majority of those errors are from a driver’s behavior in which they neglected to make the right choice or decision in their actions.

Key Factors

Driver factors include both performance errors and errors related to non-driving activities, which typically involve distraction, inattention, inadequate surveillance, etc.

Motor vehicle crashes cost employers over $47 billion annually.

It is difficult to invest in equipment, staff, payroll, or benefits without first attending to lowering risk costs.
  • Services Costs: Police and fire department response costs.
  • Insurance Costs: The administrative costs associated with processing insurance claims resulting from motor vehicle crashes and defense attorney costs.2
  • Legal Costs: The legal fees and court costs associated with civil litigation resulting from traffic crashes.
  • Medical Expenses: The cost of all medical treatment associated with motor vehicle injuries including ambulance transport, emergency room and inpatient costs, follow-up visits, physical therapy, rehabilitation, prescriptions, etc.
  • Property Damage: covers the value of vehicles, cargo, roadways and other items damaged in traffic crashes.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: The cost of job or career retraining required as a result of disability caused by motor vehicle injuries.
  • Workplace Costs: The costs of workplace disruption that is due to the loss or absence of an employee. This includes the cost of retraining new employees, overtime required to accomplish work of the injured employee, and the administrative costs of processing personnel changes.

Improve Driver Safety Performance

It goes without saying that employees are your most valuable asset.
  • Crashes on, or even off the job, have far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their families, coworkers, and employers.
  • Driver safety programs not only make good business sense, but are also a great employee recruitment and retention tool, demonstrating that employers care about their employees,
  • Reduce crash rates and the severity of crashes
  • Guard against potential company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business
  • Protect your organization's human and capital resources.
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Adverse weather conditions on freeway

The Challenges of Driver Training

Why is it safer to fly in a plane across the country compared to driving a few miles down the road in your car?
  • Training environments are difficult to stage for driving
  • Drivers are often exposed to uncontrollable, hazardous, and often risky conditions which require critical decision making skills.
  • In order to improve those skills, drivers must be: exposed to dangerous and often times chaotic situations, become familiar with potential risks and threats and be given the opportunity to practice appropriate responses.
  • Practicing behind the wheel training is very risky – especially since it can expose drivers to hazards, danger, chaos, and risks of physical harm or property damage.
  • Instructors often have to correct or even rescue students from mistakes made during training maneuvers – This actually absolves student of their personal responsibility for achieving the desired outcome
  • Danger, chaos, and the threat of physical harm creates stress for the student and stress has a negative impact on learning and retention.

Why Simulation Works

Simulation is a proven training tool and approach to improve decision making skills and reaction time.

If you think about the training that emergency responders, military fighter pilots, or law enforcement must complete. Professionals that work in these high-risk environments often receive hundreds of hours of simulation-based training, yet perform with the highest level of safety and standards.

  • Immerses the student in a real life scenario
  • Introduces the student to life threatening situations
  • Allows the students to make the bad decision in a controlled, risk-free environment to learn from their mistakes
  • Allows instructors to observe, assess and correct the student
  • Gives the student the opportunity to practice and repeat the proper response
  • Enhances driver skills, improve their driving behavior and master decision making skills in stressful situations
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