This defensive driving training report for heavy/light-duty vehicles is submitted to Republic Bank Ghana. The report takes into consideration the methodology of the training, expected impact of the training, observations, recommendations, and conclusion.
The aim of this training is to equip the drivers and operators (Heavy/Light Duty) with knowledge and skills in defensive (safe) driving, that will enable them to drive safely in the discharge of their duties and be good ambassadors of the company. At the end of this session participants are to have an understanding of the following:
• To respond to urgency of driving situations at all time on road and in the work premises.
• To increase the knowledge and understanding of driver safety
• To effectively manage the driver checklist instructions.
• To efficiently develop the principles of driving in terrain and rough road conditions
• To carry out appropriate checks before driving on terrain and rough road conditions
• To increase driver awareness and knowledge in driving rules and standard driving practices.
• To understand the vehicle mechanisms and controls in terrain and rough road environment
The days of the training involved theory and practical sessions. The training began at about 08:30 am at the conference hall. The participants were taken through a variety of topics outlined in the course outline. We witnessed a high level of co-operation from the participants who engaged the trainers (resource persons) with a number of questions of video presentations about the ABS/EBS Brake activation system on the trucks and how it interlinks on the forklift/excavator, driver inspection checklist, vehicle transmission systems, effect of lighting on the vehicle at night and many more.
The training expanded on the content outlined above and emphasis was made on the following highlights:
1. Participants were taken through the driver blind spots as far as heavy-duty vehicles are concerned.
2. Avoiding of distractions during driving and alcohol/drug effects when on duty or have the potential to be summoned to work.
3. The effects of the weather on the road and driver-related stress.
4. The company, related risks, and the maneuvering techniques of vehicles on different types of roads and terrain.
5. Performing driver checks. These include pre-checks; mid-way checks and post-driving checks.
6. Displaying of signals to caution other road users.
7. Obeying speed limits and adhering to road signs and regulations.
The training afforded the participants the opportunity to clarify issues regarding the mandatory driver checklist and notable vehicular concerns that bordered on safety.
Notable of these issues include:
a. absence of first-aid kits in vehicles and fire extinguishers
b. absence of spare tires and trainer ABS cable.
c. the use of tube tires that are not conducive for the environment.