CarriersEdge recently launched a mobile training app for truck drivers. The app can be used to access the company’s complete library of orientation and refresher courses and knowledge tests, as well as custom content from trucking companies. Ontario-based, the company provides online safety-and-compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry. It offers courses on Defensive Driving, Winter Driving, HOS & Logbooks (U.S. & Canada), Cargo Securement, Hazardous Materials, Recognizing and Preventing Fatigue, among others.
The new mobile app is a reflection of the shift to mobile devices in recent years, the company says, as more and more fleets provide drivers with smart phones and tablets to increase convenience and improve efficiency.
There are generic productivity apps that can be used to run basic training programs, says CarriersEdge, but until now there hasn’t been anything dedicated exclusively to driver training.
Features of the mobile app include push notifications so fleets can notify drivers of new training assignments or when deadlines for completing courses are approaching. The app also simplifies access for drivers. Once the app is installed, drivers stay logged in and don’t have to remember a password. Resuming training is as simple as tapping an icon.
A common challenge for fleets is that they don’t have personal email addresses for drivers and using satellite communications only works if the driver is in the vehicle, the company notes. That means there’s no easy way to send messages to drivers when they’ve been assigned training, need to renew expiring courses, or have deadlines approaching. With the CarriersEdge mobile app, that is all done directly on the device.
The CarriersEdge mobile app is available on Google Play and at the Apple App Store for IOS and Android devices.