PIT Study: Driving Efficiency Training Requires Follow-Ups

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Training drivers on efficient driving techniques but neglecting to provide ongoing feedback, usually results in them reverting back to their previous bad habits within two months, according to a study conducted by Performance Innovation Transport (PIT).

As reported recently by Truck News, the results of the study were shared by PIT’s Benoit Vincent at its second annual conference.

The study found that drivers who received ongoing reviews after their fuel efficiency training showed an 8-15% improvement compared to those who did not. Those who received no follow-up reverted back to their original driving behaviour within two months, Vincent explained.

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Some of the benefits seen among the group of drivers who received training and subsequent reviews included:

  • 30-45% improvement in shifting at the correct rpm
  • 59-89% reduction in harsh accelerations
  • 39-100% improvement in anticipation
  • 12-20% reduction in brake applications
  • 49-61% reduction in harsh braking

Some drivers, who before the training were on the gas pedal 400 or more times per 100 kilometres driven, dropped that to 25-27 times.

Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada, shared some tips on how fleets can improve efficiencies through better driver training.

“What can you do? Commit to developing and fostering a training culture, develop a plan of action. Lots of fleets do that,” Splinter said. “We’ve seen it through our Top Fleet Employers program. There are a lot of fleets that do invest in training and it’s working for them. These organizations have made a formal commitment to developing and fostering a training culture.”

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Splinter went on to share several tips about training drivers and implementing sound managerial practices.

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