SAFETY: FIRST, LAST AND EVERY PLACE IN BETWEEN.
C.R. England’s first priority is safety and the goal of our Safe Driving Department is to prevent all types of accidents, especially majors or “critical crashes.” To successfully accomplish this objective, we’ve created the following training and management programs:
Safety meetings. Each month more than 80 percent of our driver base watch an online safety meeting that train drivers how to prevent accidents. These safety meetings cover safety topics such as proper sight, speed and space techniques, how to approach curves and turns and safe efficient ways to manage fatigue. We also put a heavy emphasis on seasonal driving, especially during the winter months. Our objective is to provide a refresher course each month to help our drivers keep up on what they learned in school and over the road training.
Post-accident retraining. When C.R. England drivers are involved in an accident, they are brought in to measure competency and additional training to reduce future risk. After an accident, the driver is dispatched to one of our facilities for a competency evaluation to assess the driver’s risk behaviors and provide hands-on training to correct poor performance.
Fatigue Management. Fatigue is the leading contributor to critical crash accidents. The objective of our Fatigue Management program is to prevent major accidents such as those caused by failing to yield, leaving the highway, rollovers and inattention. From 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., the Fatigue Manager monitors activity of hundreds of trucks and identifies those who may not be fully alert. Our fatigue policy is, “Drivers should not operate during the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. unless their load requires it”.
Critical Events. Our critical events system is intended to identify risky truck drivers. These events are triggered when a driver leaves their lane, rapidly decelerates, or activates the tractor’s roll stability alert. Truck drivers who accumulate critical events receive progressive discipline including additional training and evaluations to correct risky behavior or aggressive driving. If their behavior is not changed after training and discipline, critical events are used to support disqualification and the dismissal of the driver from the company.
Awareness Campaigns. Each month we launch an awareness campaign to address driving behaviors and accident types that occur more frequently at particular times of the year. For example, accident analysis suggests that rollover, rear-end, and obstruction accidents are most likely to occur during the first quarter of the year. When an awareness campaign is launched, it includes banners, posters, flyers, newsletters and giveaway items.
Performance recognition. C.R. England truck drivers are recognized for their individual performance including the number of safe driving miles they operate, the number of years of service they contribute, their driver status, and their on-time service.
Safety Orientation. This valuable presentation gives truck drivers comprehensive instruction for driving safely and familiarizes them with the various resources that are available to assist them. Classes help drivers become more familiar with the Safe Driving Department including accident reporting procedures, accident evaluations, post-accident retraining, safety meeting attendance, safety bonuses, and various safety curriculum.
On the Road Training. Once truck drivers complete the classroom training phase, they begin Over the Road Training. Along with a certified trainer and training coordinator, they complete the necessary steps to become solo-qualified. Training modules include instruction on everything from setting expectations and performance measurements to interfacing with customers and safe driving. This program is far superior to previous C.R. England training and to other programs in the truck driving industry.
Corporate driving schools. C.R. England partners with truck driving schools throughout the nation. These schools have the most advanced curriculum to produce the safest drivers. Studies show that truck drivers who come from a C.R. England partner truck driving school are typically less likely to be involved in major accidents than those hired from commercial schools. Success of the driving schools can be largely attributed to exceptional recruiting efforts, cutting-edge training facilities, and experienced management and staff who facilitate the training.