September 8, 2014
India Yamaha Motor has trained more than 800 truck drivers from 34 national transporters over last twenty months to improve their safe driving skills under a special initiative titled – Yamaha Driver Safety Training Program (YDST). The program is aimed at making Indian roads safer by imparting safe driving skills training to heavy vehicle drivers. YDST has resulted in 3 times reduction in accident ratio of trucks carrying IYM two-wheelers from factory to dealers across the country over last 2 years. A media event was organized on September 8, 2014, to share information about this road safety program for the first time with public. Logistic Department of IYM has partnered with Chola MS Risk Services to run the YDST program under which the heavy vehicle drivers undergo various practical as well as classroom training sessions conducted by road safety experts. Special stress management workshops and driving skill testing games are integrated within the program to improve the mental alertness of the drivers. Also innovative engagement building tools like Skit Play and Feature Films are used to make the program engaging for the drivers. They are trained in physical methods of ensuring vehicle, personal and pedestrian safety. Special sessions are also conducted at the onset of summer, monsoon and winter seasons to educate drivers about meeting challenges during harsh weather conditions like heavy rains or fog.
From Ishika Akela, India Yamaha Motor (IYM)