Yamaha, one of India's largest two wheeler manufacturer is on a mission to improve driving skills of truck drivers in India. They have trained more than 800 drivers over the last 20 months under a special initiative called Yamaha Drivers Safety Training Program (YDST).
The aim of the program is to make indian roads safer by training heavy vehicle drivers. Partnered with Chola MS Risk Services to run the program, Yamaha make the truck drivers undergo multiple practical as well as classroom sessions led by road safety experts.
There are special stress management workshops and games that test driving skills as a part of this program to improve mental alertness of the drivers. They are also trained physically to ensure that the vehicles and pedestrians are safe.
Along with all this, there are special sessions to educate drivers about driving in harsh conditions like rain or fog and during monsoon.
Yamaha claim that after introducing the YDST program, the accident ratio has reduced three times with trucks that carry Yamaha two wheelers from the factory to the dealers across india
Under the YDST program so far, 125 training sessions have been conducted in 2013. This year till August, 77 sessions were conducted. In total, 202 of these training sessions have been conducted in the last 20 months for drivers of 34 different national transporters who carry Yamaha vehicles to more than 400 Yamaha dealers across India.
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