Fleet and Transit sponsors a “Safe Driver” Awareness Program for employees who are required to drive a University vehicle in order to perform their job duties. This program educates drivers on vehicular laws, consequences of poor driving habits, defensive driving, and the role of individual driver behavior. We are committed to provide safe driving practices and outreach programs to mitigate risk, lower the frequency of vehicular collisions and reduce campus liability. UCLA’s Defensive Driver Training Programs are the principal method to comply with the Cal-OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program for those employees who drive.
Fleet and Transit is transitioning from an in-house training program to the Smith-System Driver Training program currently used at other UC campuses. In order to maintain consistency and continuity our goal is to have all UCLA drivers trained in the principles of the Smith-System. The classroom instruction lasts approximately 2 hours and includes a Driver Study Guide. For your convenience the class can be taught at a training site in your area and can be arranged to accommodate the schedules of your employees. While we strongly encourage all classification of drivers to participate in the classroom instruction we have an online* version of the class that semi-frequent or occasional drivers can take directly on their desktop.
In order to determine the best training option for your drivers please refer to the table below:
- Occupational Driver (drives daily, or more than 25 hours per month)
- Frequent Driver (drives from 10 to 25 hours per month)
- Semi-Frequent Driver (drives from 5 to 10 hours per month)
- Occasional Driver (drives less than 5 hours per month)
*Please be advised the online instruction includes two components: Forward Motion and Backing. Employees who take the on-line training are required to pass the review quiz with a 100% score in order to complete the course.
The University has a vested interest in educating drivers of the dangers of unsafe driving practices. Insurance costs, driven by the frequency and severity of vehicular collisions, can be dramatically reduced through effective driver training. Once you determine your training needs please contact the Business and Compliance Coordinator to set up classroom instruction or enrollment in the on-line course.