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On-boarding is a critical phase that provides you with the opportunity to align new hires to your safety culture, job duties, policies and procedures, and any other expectations. We recommend the on-boarding process be completed prior to the driver’s first day of work and consist of the following three parts: 


Phase 1: Pre-Employment


1. The first thing drivers will see when they initially log in to take the program is a custom video message delivered by one of your companies key leaders. The short Kick-off video will explain the importance of the program, and the rationale behind it, which is to help ensure your drivers and their families are safe on the roads. This component is a proven way to obtain high program compliance and acceptance, by demonstrating senior-level buy-in.


2. alertdriving’s policy testing technology is an ideal way to spell out your expectations for new drivers. alertdriving can take your existing Policies and convert them into a custom-built training lesson which covers the policy’s core aspects in detail. To complete the lesson, drivers must acknowledge that they have read and understood company expectations, meanwhile, this information is stored for future reference. New drivers must also complete a knowledge assessment based entirely on the policy. This quiz is written by alertdriving, and reviewed and approved by you. It is an excellent way to ensure your entire fleet understands the expectations and procedures outlined by your organization and is utilized by the majority of our clients.


3. Every driver must complete alertdriving’s interactive, high-impact, online Vehicle Familiarization lesson. This lesson was created specifically for new hires that may be driving large vehicles for the first time. These drivers are far more likely to be involved in an accident if they don’t recognize the unique safety requirements that come with driving a service van or medium duty truck, versus a passenger vehicle. Specific topics include:


  • Size, weight, and center of gravity difference

  • Cornering & weight transfer

  • Acceleration & stopping distance characteristics of the vehicle

  • Situational Awareness

  • Creating and maintaining a safety cushion/lane selection

  • Following distance

  • Backing and parking

  • Mirror adjustment, blind spots, and scanning

  • Pre-trip and post-trip inspections


Once a driver completes the on-boarding course, the FleetDefense® platform will automatically issue a Certificate of Completion to the driver. This will serve as proof that he or she has successfully completed the on-boarding process. They are now ready to drive.


Phase 2: Employed Driver


To ensure ongoing safe driving behavior, each driver that successfully completes the on-boarding requirements will be assigned our Individual Learning Plan.


Find out more about Individual Learning Plans here

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