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Why Truckers Should Make Digital Learning Day an Everyday Thing

Yesterday was Digital Learning Day, an event originally created to celebrate and further develop online learning in the framework of public schools from K-12. Of course, learning digitally or otherwise continues for many people long after they’ve left school. For adults in the workforce, especially truckers, learning remotely through online platforms is an ideal solution.

Why Should Trucking Companies Use E-learning to Train Drivers?

The beauty of online learning is that you can make it fit within your own schedule and access it anywhere as long as you have a laptop or mobile device and internet access. For trucking companies, this makes digital learning the perfect way of delivering training to truck drivers. 

And the advantages of digital learning go way beyond its mobility! Statistics reveal that e-learning can increase knowledge retention rates by 25 - 60%. This is in comparison to traditional classroom training where retention rates are as low as 8 - 10%.

What’s more, e-learning participants reportedly learn five times more material without spending more time in training. And companies that use digital learning programs report an increase in employee engagement of 18%. 

Plus, companies surveyed reported that utilizing digital learning led to a 42% increase in revenue. Given those stats, can your company afford not to choose e-learning options to deliver driver training to your truckers?

What Tips Should You Offer Drivers for Using Online Training?

The best way to get your trucking team excited about e-learning is to explain its advantages and offer them tips to get the most value from learning online. 

Firstly, digital learning means truck drivers no longer have to rearrange schedules or give up days off to come in to do face-to-face training. They can also utilize waiting time to complete online modules and upgrade their knowledge and skills. 

Here are five ways truck drivers can set themselves up to succeed at digital learning:

  1. Time - Of course, taking advantage of downtime throughout the day is good, but to get the most out of their experience, your drivers should schedule specific times to do their online learning. 
  2. Place - If possible, drivers should consider creating a study space where they can work without distraction. 
  3. Rest - It’s important as well to take breaks while studying online. It’s easy to get sucked into working through a module, but taking some time away from the screen to absorb information and give the mind a rest is beneficial too.
  4. Accountability - Keeping up with online learning can be a challenge when you’re busy, so it helps simply to involve others. Drivers could tell their family, friends or even other drivers, of their study goals so that they can check-in and help them stay on track.
  5. Rewards - People respond well when they have some reward to work towards. Apart from the satisfaction of completing a course and earning a certification, drivers can set themselves small rewards as a means of motivation for working through an eLearning program.

What Does Online Learning for Truck Drivers Look Like?

There are several options for delivering training to truck drivers online. Some of these programs are designed by companies that deliver online training for a variety of professions. We’re sure the quality of these is fine, but we prefer Ignite e-Learning, which is solely dedicated to creating content and delivering training for the trucking industry.

The library of material and programs through Ignite is being constantly updated with new material being added to maintain its relevance and value for trucking companies. In addition to the training materials provided by Ignite, they also have a feature to allow carriers to add and deliver their own in-house content. It’s no wonder there are over 300 fleets using Ignite.

In addition to its library of online courses, Ignite provides scenario-based testing and assessment tools. It also offers detailed tracking and reporting on all activities so that a driver’s progress through programs is available for review.

As a bonus, Ignite integrates within TruckRight’s online software solution for trucking companies. This makes it even easier to ensure your team is properly trained and documentation exists and is connected to your driver’s files. Being able to demonstrate that a quality training program is in place and show that drivers are compliant is a powerful advantage for carriers defending themselves against punitive claims in the event of accidents.

Truck Driver Training Through e-Learning Provides Added Value

A further reason to provide your drivers’ training through e-learning is its value as a feature for recruiters. Drivers considering employment with you will appreciate that your company is investing in their development. 

Additionally, your insurance company will respect your efforts as a carrier that is dedicated to promoting a strong safety culture within your team.

Given how easy e-learning makes it for carriers to deliver truck driver training, you can see how every day can be Digital Learning Day. You only need to take the first steps to get started.

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The true cost of an accident can be staggering. Besides direct costs, indirect costs like poor publicity, lost clients and lost productivity can take a toll. The average cost for a truck accident is $148,279, not including litigation. It would take an additional revenue of $7,413,950 to pay the accident costs, assuming an average profit margin of 2%. A study of over one million lines of data on truck violations discovered that over 28,000 trucking companies, representing over 200,000 trucks, operated with safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s (FMSCA) settlement for non-compliance was $36,262,097 in 2014 with an average fine of over $7,000 per case.