Online Orientation: Safer Drivers On the Road One Day Sooner
New-hire training for truck drivers in your fleet means getting a new driver up to speed on your company and its policies. And that kind of orientation training takes time and money. And all the while, that new hire isn't earning any revenue for the fleet.
But there's a better way: Online orientation training for truck drivers gets them on the road faster, reduces costs for travel and training, and lets you offer more training in less time. Online orientation training can be customized and updated by us for much, much less than you creating it yourself.
Let's look at the old way first, and then we'll look at the new way. The usual way most fleets do orientation training, they will pay to:
- Transport that new driver to a training facility
- Possibly transport a trainer to the training facility
- Pay the driver to be trained
- Feed and host the new driver
- Send the driver home
In-Person Orientation Training is Awfully Expensive
You're looking at investing a few thousand dollars before that driver has contributed one cent to the company. Yet new driver orientation is critically important: it saves money in the long run to have a new driver understand:
- Company policies and procedures
- Company culture
- Operational standards
- Health and other employee benefits
How Much Does New-Hire Training for Truck Drivers Save You?
Most companies do new-driver processing in a similar way. They bring the driver into a regional hub, put them in a hotel for a few days, and send them through classroom training and HR paperwork. The costs per driver can be significant:
- Transportation: $300
- Driver Per Diem: $120
- Trainer Per Diem: $150
- Trainer travel costs: $500
- Driver pay: $250
Just One Little Change Creates Big Savings
The simple change? Just have new drivers go through the standard part of orientation at home, online before you bring them in. That way, they're up-to-speed before you're on the hook for hotel rooms, per diems and bus tickets.
There are some parts of new-hire training for truck drivers that will always work best face-to-face. But for the repetitive, mundane, static parts of training, why not just have the driver get through them quickly? Online training is perfect for that. The message can be honed down, delivered in a quick and informative way, and the driver can be asked one or two questions to ensure they understand. No HR person or senior driver has to waste their time, and the correct message is delivered every time without variation.
Save One Day & Add $600 in Revenue Per Driver
More efficient orientation also helps you generate more revenue — If you could cut that training time by one day, how much extra revenue would it generate for your fleet? All the fleets we've talked to say that getting a truck off the fence and on the road would add $600 in revenue.
If you turn over 400 drivers a year, that's nearly a quarter million dollars in re-discovered revenue.
3X Faster Training Online vs. Classroom
Drivers can get through more training and HR information FASTER with online PRO-TREAD orientation. That means you have safer drivers on the road sooner.
And only PRO-TREAD is "Mastery based." Mastery based training means the driver must correctly answer a question before going on to the next section. Get it wrong and they must watch the lesson again. This guarantees your company has a driver who KNOWS the right thing to do.
And your company will set expectations higher with the new employees by looking more professional and efficient. That's because we provide modern graphics and animations. We use your own professional video or presentation content, and we brand the courses.
"Isn't Custom Training Expensive?"
No, and especially not compared to in-person training. And it's much less expensive than doing no training.
You might even consider doing custom training whenever you're want to do training for new equipment or new procedures into your fleet. Instructional Technologies will work with you to make great training that reflects your company’s policies, procedures and values.
"Can We Use or Modify Our Existing Library of Safety Training?"
Yes! And we can modify any of our existing 140+ driver safety and OSHA lessons to address your internal practices, or provide access to the whole library as-is. We can use any of the following as source material:
- Paper training manuals
- Videos that you created
- PowerPoints or other digital files
- Interviews with your safety team
By interviewing your operations and safety team, we can build a custom lesson for you from the ground up! Plus we provide records that all of your new hires have taken the orientation required. PRO-TREAD driver orientation training is fast, inexpensive, and easy-to-update.