During a recent press briefing one of the South African parliamentary ministers said that the transport industry is the backbone on which South Africa’s economic revival rests.
“These drivers are facing unique circumstances as well, even though they have, and will, work throughout every level. High demand, additional hours and shifts, diminished workforces and even difficulty finding a warm meal while on the road all culminates to create a highly pressurised working environment. The chance for error in this environment is much greater.”
For this reason, ensuring drivers have the skills to navigate these challenges is essential. “An important part of this is ensuring advanced roadcraft training is up to date. If defensive driving remains a driver’s automatic and natural way of driving, they can handle the majority of challenges that come their way with minimal or no expense or loss of life.
“Consequently, MasterDrive adapted to continue providing the training that businesses need to not only meet health and safety requirements but keep employees safe on the roads. The team has developed a strategy that enables companies to continue benefiting from instructor-led training and a hands-on approach. This allows companies to focus on delivering their service while we focus on fleet safety.”
Given the challenges these frontline warriors are facing,, MasterDrive has released - entirely free of charge – a COVID-19 Driver Training Course. “The course helps drivers understand the impact of the pandemic, how it could affect one’s work and safety and provide steps to keep themselves and others safe, among other driver-specific concerns. Now more than ever, comprehensive training is essential for your drivers' health, safety and efficiency.”
The importance of essential truck drivers to help meet basic needs and revive the economy cannot be underestimated. “We are appreciative to be in a role where we can do our part in ensuring that drivers safely continue to play one of the most important roles in the time of COVID-19. Essential service drivers, you have our support every kilometre of the way,” says Herbert.