It is highly recommended that companies consult their insurance carrier before implementing any student driver programs. Insurance carriers may or may not approve the exposures associated with these programs. In any event, it is a good idea to let them know your intentions, and they may even be able to provide assistance in developing the program. We recommend contacting the Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc for additional guidance in developing a driver training or student driver program. Technical schools and many states also offer excellent resources in this regard.
With the continuing shortage of qualified drivers, many companies are now developing programs within their operations utilizing student drivers. An operation can expect varying degrees of success with a student driver program (as with most other types of programs). Drivers who are hired with little to no experience should be considered students.
Before starting a student driver program, it is recommended that the program be outlined in its entirety utilizing all available sources. The program should be carefully documented and strictly followed.
Refer to Chapter 4 for information on student driver training programs.