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Good Business Sense

  • by onRoute
  • Sep 5, 2013
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It has been determined in the UK that a new driver can only be classified as ‘experienced’ when they have 100 000 miles under their belt. In South Africa  this translates to 160 000km and,  considering that most drivers only cover around 30 000 km per year, one could reason that a driver is ‘experienced’ only after five years of driving! That may well be the reason – at worst, a contributing factor – for our terrible statistics.

It then makes sense that companies who hire employees for the purpose of driving, should invest in them by providing some post licence training.

Not so, according to some!

It then makes sense that companies who hire employees for the purpose of driving, should invest in them by providing some post licence training.

Masterdrive offers the first of a 3-part-series:  “A dozen good excuses for not training yourself or your drivers – which one is yours”

1.       It’s going to cost too much: The average company car driver doing 30 000 kilometres a year will use approximately R30 000 of fuel. You can expect a defensive driving course to reduce that fuel consumption by at least 5%. Therefore, in the first year alone fuel savings should be at least R1 800 per driver. Further, a conservative estimate is that your accident claims rate will fall by 40%. A day’s driver training can cost as little as R1000 per driver.

Now, can you afford not to?

2.       It’s still too expensive: Compared to what? R4 000 for a new set of tyres because bad driving only got 20 000 kilometres out of the last set? R8 500 for a new clutch to replace the last one that was abused? R20 000 knocked off the residual value because of excessive wear and tear? The cost of renting when a vehicle is in for repair? The increase in your insurance premium? A one day driver training course costs as little as R1000 per driver.

Now, can you afford not to?

3.       We don’t have the budget for it: Use 5% of your fuel budget because you will not be spending it if you train your drivers. How much have you budgeted for third party claims to avoid a huge increase in your insurance premium? You can confidently use 50% of that because with trained drivers you wont need it. How does a proven reduction of 50% sound? In the UK statistics showed a reduction of crashes from one in 70 000 km (pre-training) to one in 125 000 ( post-training).

Makes one think, doesn’t it?

For detailed information on MasterDrive training courses:

info@masterdrive.co.za or 0861100618