Basic Truck Safety Training: Ideas from Ryder and Schneider National

CSA Violations Becoming a Part of Contract Language

Today, fleets are seeing more contracts that include language that requires trucks that have passed inspection. And the fleets must have a plan for remediating their CSA scores. So the demand for basic truck safety training is reaching a fever pitch. An excellent FleetOwner article cites Rosalyn Wilson, author of State of Logistics, saying “Usually there are checkpoints for the carrier and if the goal has not been met their agreement can be terminated,” Wilson said.

Making Basic Truck Safety Training a Part of Your Culture

Safety is more than compliance and managing to the bare minimum. Safety means doing things the right way, because in the long-term and the short-term, basic truck safety training pays off.

Both Schneider National and Ryder have both made safety and training a part of their culture. Our interview with Alan Weisinger, Director of Driver Training, discusses Schneider National’s approach to safety:

We also believe that training is an enabler of the business, not a distractor. It takes much more time for a driver to wait for a wrecker if they’ve been in an accident than to put them through training. We are eliminating waste by making sure drivers have what they need to stay out of trouble.

A new white paper from Ryder gives Five Steps to Creating a Safety Driven Culture, which are:

  1. Implement a Formal Safety Program
  2. Maintain your vehicles and conduct thorough inspections
  3. Find and keep good drivers
  4. Minimize accidents
  5. Be protected

Interested in finding ways to get your drivers to take basic truck safety training? You might check our list of tips.

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