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Help Your Fleet Drivers Arrive Alive

NSC Fleet Essentials Online Training

Not all fleet drivers are well-trained. About 15.5 million non-CDL drivers who are required to drive for work (but may not consider themselves fleet or professional drivers) may lack formal training. Any employee who drives for work should be considered a fleet driver. Delivery truck drivers and sales employees have the highest rate of injuries and fatalities of all occupations.

To address this alarming training gap, NSC developed Fleet Essentials, a new series of short online courses you can use as a package or individually to educate drivers and ensure they make it home safely to loved ones each day.

Proper qualification and driver training can lower a company’s insurance cost, vehicle downtime and repair expenses. It may also reduce medical costs, limit harm to an organization’s reputation and help prevent the catastrophic consequences of a legal settlement. These courses also can be used for retraining to reinforce important concepts and address driving incidents.

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More than 2,000 people die every year because of workplace transportation incidents. That is almost 40% of the total occupational fatalities each year.

Exclusive Vehicle-specific Course Content

Passenger Vehicles
35-minute course

NSC Fleet Essentials is the only fleet driver training program with vehicle-specific course content. Our first course is for employees who drive passenger vehicles for work and provides instruction on:

● Safe backing
● Vehicle dynamics
● Pre- and post-trip inspections
● The Six Deadly Choices — speeding, violating right of way, distracted driving, turning improperly, driving left of center and following too closely 
● Other vehicle-specific content for fleet drivers

Courses for cargo vans and medium-duty trucks will be available in early 2024.

NSC Fleet Essentials Online Training Program

Driving Professionally
20-minute course

This course helps fleet drivers understand key characteristics of driving professionally, and recognize the importance of organization representation and liability while driving. The course explores the difference between driving for personal benefit versus driving in the course of your work. Driver qualification and preparation are key elements to safe vehicle operation and include the driver’s own state of mind.

Vehicle Dynamics
40-minute course

This course helps drivers understand their vehicle’s capabilities, limitations and how the physical forces of inertia, gravity and velocity affect it. Participants also learn why it is important to avoid risky maneuvers and how to avoid them. The course takes an in-depth look at vehicle dynamics -- such as yaw, pitch, and roll – and demonstrates how they contribute to safe vehicle operation.

Distracted Fleet Driver
20-minute course

Distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2020. This course reminds fleet drivers to be attentive, alert and engaged, and teaches them how to minimize distractions while driving. It reviews the science of distracted driving, reveals myths about multitasking and covers the dangerous effects of distracted driving for the fleet driver. The course also looks at the unique sources of distractions for fleet drivers, shows how to eliminate them and describes how to identify other road users that may be distracted -- and how to deal with them.

Coming Spring 2024

Medium-duty Trucks

Medium-duty trucks include all variations of pickup trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 and 26,000 pounds. Although some of these trucks may look like regular pickup trucks, they come in various customized configurations to meet the specific requirements of the job. They all are much heavier, longer and taller than passenger vehicles. The differences in height, length, size, design, configuration and dynamics also affects how you drive and what you will do to prevent crashes and collisions. This means driving them requires special skills and training.

Cargo Vans

Cargo vans are single-unit vehicles that typically come equipped with two front seats. Even though cargo vans are classified as vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds, they are quite different from the passenger vehicles people drive off the job. Cargo vans are often longer, heavier and taller, and have unique controls and dashboard designs, affecting how you drive and what measures are needed to avoid incidents and crashes. Drivers of cargo vans must understand these differences and adapt their driving behaviors to this vehicle type.

Webinar Recording

Top Three Things to Know When Managing a Fleet (Jan. 17, 2024)
If you manage a fleet of vehicles or the people who drive them, you are responsible for the safety of your drivers and the financial health of your organization. Industry expert Matt Camden talks about the top three things to keep in mind when managing a fleet, and the all-new NSC Fleet Essentials online training program.


Take Fleet Driver Training to the Next Level

Participants who previously completed an NSC Defensive Driving Course and then complete the Fleet Essentials Program are eligible for a Safe Operator Designation from NSC.

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