Your employees are probably the most important resource that you have and holding on to the good ones is not always easy.
Many good employers in addition to offering great pay and conditions provide some form of employee benefit in order to attract and retain their people.
Incentives of course come at a cost to the employing company, so many are looking at providing a little something that provides them with an additional return on their investment. Becoming ever more popular are employee Defensive Driving courses, as these can have a number of benefits for both Company and Employee:
- build loyally in your people through investment in them
- employee benefits can set your company apart from the competition
- demonstrate your joint commitment to safer communities
- reduce employee stress
- save your employees up to 15% on their fuel bills
- defensive drivers are 20% less likely to be involved in a collision
Defensive Driver Training is aimed at encouraging drivers to accept that it is their responsibility to control the risk from hazards regardless of priority, and to think beyond fault or blame.
Fault or blame is for insurance companies or the police, but is always after the collision has occurred. Being right, but injured or worse is not helpful.
Defensive drivers actively look for and accept some responsibility for the actions of other road users, enabling them to see and manage the risk from hazards earlier, allowing time to take action safely.
Trained Drivers are more communicative and collaborative with other motorists, and as such reduce tensions on the road.
These courses are suitable for non occupation drivers, but even more so for those that drive for work, in particular those working in liveried vehicles.
Employers are finding that once their occupational drivers have attended a Defensive Driving course, using a GPS based “black box” telematics monitoring system keeps drivers on the right track. What gets monitored tends to get done, and such systems can then form part of a firms risk assessments in terms of MHSR 1999.