FORS launches van training update to help improve driver safety

FORS has launched an update to its Van Smart eLearning module to help upskill light commercial vehicle (LCV) drivers.

The FORS Professional Van Smart eLearning module has received an upgrade, including new learning scenarios and an updated format.

The revisions to the mobile-friendly online module include improved user functionality, with learning points presented to amplify learning take-aways, with a comprehensive list of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for drivers.

The eLearning course covers all aspects of the daily van driving journey; from judging fitness to drive before setting off, daily walkaround checks, defect reporting, safe vehicle loading, route planning and safe and efficient driving techniques while on the road.

FORS announced it would reduce its annual subscription fee for new and existing members from March 1, 2021, to help fleet operators during the pandemic.

Livia Gergely, FORS membership manager, said: “The FORS Professional Van Smart eLearning module is designed to challenge drivers’ assumptions on vulnerable road users and think about how their driving impacts others on the road.

“In addition, the eLearning highlights how drivers can increase efficiency, learn anti-idling techniques, and provides tips on how good route planning and correct vehicle loading help lower emissions and reduce costs associated with additional fuel use.”

The refreshed training is part of the FORS Professional Van Smart training package, which includes a manager toolkit and driver handbook, as well as a classroom-based course, with a practical on-cycle element allowing drivers to experience the road from the point of view of vulnerable road users.

Gergely added: “The LCV sector continues to grow, buoyed by an increase in online retail. It is therefore imperative that, as with HGV drivers, van drivers are given the training they need to do their job safely, for the benefit of themselves and other road users.

 “The FORS Professional Van Smart eLearning module goes a go a long way to improve such safety and efficiency for this expanding national workforce.”

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