Training for Entry-Level Drivers With Less than 2 Years Experience
While insurance carrier’s minimum driver qualification standards indicate that divers should have at least 2 years of verifiable driving experience, some insureds may wish to establish an in-house training program for those entry-level drivers.
A successful in-house driver training program involves several key elements:
- FMCSA rating of satisfactory
- Carrier not having more than one CSA basic in Alert, the one alert cannot be Unsafe Driving
- Must have a dedicated Safety Manager
- Department of Transportation DOT carrier authority for five years
- Regional operation of not more than 200 miles radius
- DOT crash rate of less than 75 accidents per million miles driven
- Underwriting must receive confirmation from an insurance Casualty Risk Consultant that the carrier is in compliance with insurance guidelines
- Five years of experience operating similar equipment to that begin driven
- Completed PTDI Train the Trainer course or an equivalent
- Should have a clear MVR for the past 24 months
- No preventable accidents within the past 24 months
- Should be employed by the company for a minimum of 2 years
- Should have an annual performance evaluation
In addition, the Trainer should be held accountable for any and all losses involving the trainee until the trainee is released.
At a minimum, the driver must successfully complete a driver training course conducted under the Professional Truck Driving Institute of America (PTDIA) or like standards. The insured should do an on-site inspection of these driving schools and their curriculum. Insurance carrier does not support entry-level driver training conducted by a spouse, friend or other closely related third party.
On the top of completing of the course, the trainees should meet the following criteria:
- No moving violations in the past three years
- All trainees, including owner operators, should meet all other minimum hiring guidelines set forth in this manual, with the exception of the experience level
- A transcript form the driving school should be provided indicating a passing grade of 80%
ON THE JOB/BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING
After Trainees complete their schooling and orientation program, they should be assigned to a driver trainer for behind the wheel training. Following are suggestion for this very important part of training:
- Identify progressive goals for the trainee as part of the training program
- Review the trainees progress every 10-14 days
- Allow the trainees to critique the trainer as well over the same time period
- Continue the process for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks
- After a reasonable time of demonstrating safe driving habits, move the trainee to a local or short run capacity (50-200 miles from terminal)
- If this portion is successfully completed, then a final assessment should be done. If the trainee passes a comprehensive skills test, he/she may be moved to a fleet position. If not, additional training may be done or termination if necessary.