We know that everyone learns better when they are really engaged. That applies to learning how to learning how to drive as well. When it comes to "just driving around" even though you may be getting more experience, it still might seem pointless. For the current generation of teens, they've played many games where the length of the challenge is limited by their "Life Bar". In other words, if you are successful (like not getting shot) then you get to play the game longer. So we thought, WOW, what a great idea for teen driver training. Now, Virtual Driving Essentials and Driving XE, our teen driver training products, have real time "life bars" running across the top of the monitors. Safe driving earns you more time and making any errors that increase your likelihood of a crash deduct from your bar as they happen. Kids don't care about a score after they are done - they care about their score AS THEY drive. Plus, our company cares about keeping teens safe so the "life bar" holds great meaning to all of us. By Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive
Because of the way the teenage brain develops, involving teens in something active offers greater chance of achieving higher levels of engagement.
Fleet Management: The Cars or the Drivers?
There are many publications, trade shows and job titles that are about "Fleet Safety or Fleet Management". Some years back we thought, "this is great, these people really care about crashes." Well, the answer is "sort of".
It is all too common for "fleet" to mean really only the cost of the vehicle, gas costs, leasing terms and other asset management metrics. I'm not saying those aren't important but they never seem to include the driver involved. Your employee, the one with the family that faithfully does their job every day. Where is the department that takes the same amount of time and attention to the employee as the key "asset" they need to protect? At this point we can divide up a typical large company. HR responsible for the people? Nope, not when it comes to driving. Fleet safety? Nope, they buy, sell, maintain and repair vehicles. Risk management (sounds right doesn't it), no chance except to the extent it affects insurance policies. You would think "legal" would care since multimillion dollar lawsuits are not uncommon in traffic related deaths. Never once hear of them focused on avoiding the crashes that created the liability. Worse yet, companies that DO have some driver training offer it to only those who "drive for the job". These are the same companies that often offer gym memberships; wellness programs; CPR courses and other services that are focused on keeping employees happy and healthy. And yet, a significant reason for an employee to miss work for an extended period of time is related to themselves or their family member being in a car crash.
Where is the driving wellness initiative?by Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive Virtual Hazard Detection: Corporate Fleet Driver Safety Training [embed]https://vimeo.com/112231426[/embed]
“The Virtual HD simulator allows us to address driver safety in a new and exciting forum, as opposed to the traditional meeting forum, to continue to drive our safe driving focus. Since the simulator is portable, it also allows us to save on travel expenses by bringing the simulator to employees, which helps us logistically. The virtual lessons compliment and parallel our current Smith System driving philosophy giving us a more consistent safe driving message. – Dan Diamond, Site Supervisor PSE&GMultiple Vehicles to “Drive”: Simulators offer a wide variety of vehicles so the employee can train in a vehicle they drive for their job. Advanced Teaching Techniques: Simulators allow situations to be replayed, be in slow motion, from aerial perspectives and x-rayed (to see objects on other side of hazards). To summarize, by leveraging the power of emerging technology-based safety training, Operations Management can maintain a safe and risk-free fleet operation while also improving the bottom line. by Bob Davis & Pam LeFevre, VDI
“VDI’s driving simulators have proven to be a cost-effective and engaging way to provide refresher training before and after accidents to our Postal Carriers and Tractor/Trailer Operators", said Andre Maddicks. "More importantly, the simulation-based driver safety training has considerably reduced accident rates in the Suncoast District during our trial period compared to the same period last year. In fact, we have had only one backing accident since we got the simulator in Tampa compared to last year when there were 26!”
Today’s fleet operations are assaulted on two fronts: first, driver training is a time consuming and expensive ongoing effort and, secondly according to CFO Magazine, motor vehicle operation is one of the least accounted for risks in most industries. Companies struggling with how to manage all of the costs and risks can enjoy dramatic improvements by adopting new technology-based training strategies. These strategies can reduce the costs of delivering the training while improving driver competency. Fleet organizations are asking how they can:
Balancing an optimal solution will vary from company to company depending on the size of your workforce, nature of your business and a wide variety of other factors. But all fleets are concerned about the operational and financial drawbacks of behind the wheel training:
Historically driver training options were limited to either mind-numbing classroom lectures or costly instructor led behind-the-wheel coaching. With either of these, the high hourly training costs required for paying multiple employees for multiple hours added up quickly – not to mention the loss of productivity and downtime. In fact, the cost of training time is often more expensive than the cost of the training itself.Training Delivery Cost Models Comparison
|Instructor-Led Behind the Wheel Training||Simulation Delivered Training|
|1) 4 hrs+ of a Supervisor’s Time||1) Initial System (estimated at $14K); 4 year life $291/mo|
|2) 4 hrs+ of Employee’s Time||2) 1 hr of Employee Time at Their Location|
|3) Multiple Days for Certification of Supervisor|
|4) Re-certification of Supervisor (multiple days)|
|5) License Cost of Training Course Per Person @ $250 - $1,000|
|6) Refresh Licensing Cost to Repeat After 3 Years|
|7) Using Fleet Vehicle for Training vs. On the Job|