‘Avoiding rear end collisions’ is by far the most popular online driver training course

Cars travelling down the motorway at sunset

E-Training World has announced its most popular online driver training modules, with ‘Avoiding rear end collisions’ enjoying by far the greatest demand.

The online driver profiling and e-driver training specialist offers a wide range of e-driver training modules for cars, LCVs, HGVs, PCVs (bus/ coach) and minibuses, with topics ranging from hazard perception and speed awareness, to motorway lane discipline and vehicle safety checks.

Most companies operating vehicle fleets suffer high percentages of accidents involving a rear end collision, which is why training drivers to stop having them is at the top of most fleet manager’s wish list.

“Apart from the very rare occasions when vehicle failure is to blame, accidents are always caused by driver error,” said Graham Hurdle, managing director of E-Training World.

“This means poor driving is the reason why rear end collisions occur, and why it is also possible to stop them happening.

“Driving too close, not driving at a speed appropriate for the road or weather conditions, being distracted by mobile phones, SatNavs or other in-vehicle technology, poor hazard perception and other distractions, such as rubbernecking on the motorway, are all reasons why a driver runs into the back of the vehicle in front and can be avoided through driver training.

“Because it’s so prevalent in many fleets, some fleet managers are now insisting that all drivers, irrespective of their risk level or accident history, take the online course as a preventative measure.”

The second most popular E-Training World course is parking and manoeuvring. Many fleet managers bemoan the levels of small, yet very costly, knocks, dents and scrapes caused at low speed and are looking to minimise the level of damage which cannot be claimed through insurance as it sits beneath the excess.

UK road signs and markings is in third place, catering for drivers whose basic knowledge seems to have waned since taking their test – a course that many companies combine with a re-read of the Highway Code.

In fourth place is hazard perception, and in fifth concentration and observation.

“We have 20 e-driver training modules in total, covering a wide range of vehicle types for the UK and Eire, and these are aimed at drivers who come out as medium risk in our online assessment and therefore need regular top up training to improve their driving and reduce accidents,” continued Graham.

“The benefit of offering online modular training is that companies can provide monthly or bi-monthly courses to drivers, at very low cost, and keep the topic of safe driving at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”

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