Free e-learning course aims to reduce mobile road accidents

Free e-learning course aims to reduce mobile road accidents

With more than 20 deaths a year due to road accidents involving mobile phone use, and the introduction of tougher penalties for drivers caught using them, a new e-learning course aims to raise awareness of the issue.

The course from Learning Heroes is designed for fleet, training and health and safety managers to use for internal staff training. It also covers topics including speed awareness and making better driving decisions.

Learning Heroes, which aims to “save the world from boring e-learning”, is known for its short, sharp, animated material, which helps increase engagement and make learning fun. The company, whose clients include Eddie Stobart, Transport for London, Volvo and Ford, has reinvented e-learning for the YouTube generation, so it is ideal for younger drivers at work who pose the biggest safety risk.

In 2015 - the latest year for which figures are available - 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents where a driver was using their phone. On March 1 this year the penalty for mobile phone use while driving increased to six points and a £200 fine, while newly qualified drivers will lose their licence.

Learning Heroes’ CEO Adam Kara said: “Mobile phone use while driving is a serious problem for businesses. If employees are caught, then the company risks financial and reputational losses but more importantly, the rules exist as a deterrent because it costs lives. We want to do everything we can to help companies, so we’re making the training resources available for free.”

 “Our courses are presented in short sharp sound bites that can be accessed from any location and on any mobile device – not when driving of course! Because they can watch them as and when required, they can put their new skills into practice right away. They’re a great way for companies to provide safety training to everyone in the workforce without the need for them to take time off from the job.”  

For further details and to see the trailer, visit: http://www.learningheroes.com/mobile-phones-and-driving/