It’s possible to train fleet drivers virtually and give them all the knowledge and skills they get in a traditional classroom. With fleet employee VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training), businesses have an effective, affordable solution that teaches fleet drivers safe driving methods that can make the difference between a trip that ends safely or one that ends in a crash.
Driving Dynamics offers instructor-led virtual training with skilled, experienced instructors. These courses - including DriveReady Virtual, Trailer Ready Virtual, ADAS Virtual and the new DriveInsight Virtual - provide a cost-effective way for fleets to improve driver performance. The following three Frequently Asked Questions provide insight into many of the issues businesses bring up when they want more information on how to train fleet drivers virtually.
FAQ 1 – Is Virtual Fleet Training Interactive and Engaging?
Fleet employee VILT provides an interactive, engaging experience for drivers while giving them the flexibility to spend time in the courses from wherever they have an internet connection.
The online courses also make it easy to schedule courses for busy drivers. Once enrolled, drivers spend between 2 ½ and 3 hours in the course, with a break provided. This “bite-sized” approach to learning allows drivers to process what they’ve learned and immediately apply special actions and behaviors the next time they drive.
Instructors ensure the courses are interactive. They encourage drivers who take fleet safety training online to share stories with fellow drivers about situations they have faced on the road. They also give students knowledge checks, polls and messaging tools.
FAQ 2 – Can You Combine Behind-The-Wheel Training With Virtual?
Fleet managers do not have to choose between in-person and virtual training. They can combine the two. Drivers can complete a full DriverReady course with a half-day of no contact, social safe, behind-the-wheel training.
Some drivers are not ready to do behind-the-wheel training immediately right after completing the virtual course. If that is the case, they can wait and take a virtual refresher course 30 days after finishing the original course, preparing themselves for behind-the-wheel training.
FAQ 3 – Do You Offer Employer-Dedicated Virtual Classes?
Yes, you can get an employer-dedicated virtual class that focuses specifically on issues faced by drivers in your particular company. The instructor-led virtual courses will focus on teaching drivers how to perform well under the exact circumstances of the business involved.
Fleet managers can choose to have their employer-dedicated course focus on specific areas where their drivers need the improvement. This includes areas such as situational awareness, defensive positioning techniques, hazard perception, recognizing and controlling high-risk behaviors, and understanding the uses and limitations of driver assist vehicle technology.
Instructor-led virtual training continues to increase in popularity, with 80 percent of organizations either already using or planning to use the training. Driving Dynamics pioneered the methods that allow companies to train fleet drivers virtually and continues to offer high-quality training that allows drivers to immediately improve behind-the-wheel performance.