CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, announced that Abenaqui Carriers has fully transitioned its driver training to CarriersEdge courses and its online training platform.
“CarriersEdge courses are the best value on the market,” said Sheryl Smith, safety manager at Abenaqui Carriers. “Other companies, including our previous provider, are either expensive and time consuming or inexpensive but have little to offer in terms of content. It’s not purely about dollars and cents but with CarriersEdge we have a driver training solution that’s both effective and affordable.”
Abenaqui Carriers, based in North Hampton NH, is a family owned and operated diversified hazardous material carrier. Founded in 1973, the company specializes in transporting gasoline, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, propane, heating oil, bio fuels, ethanol, and natural gas. Its fleet of over 50 tractors and 65 trailers services customers in New England, New York and eastern Canadian provinces from several terminals.
Beginning in late 2015, Abenaqui Carriers began providing CarriersEdge courses to its 70 company drivers, including new hires and existing operators requiring refresher and certification training.
Today, the company is using CarriersEdge tests as a baseline for gauging the training needs of new drivers, as well as its Hazardous Materials training courses to maintain compliance with the C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Companies that achieve C-TPAT certification have a documented process for determining and alleviating risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo.
“Although our previous training course provider offered a multitude of topics, many of the presentations were not of a high quality and the information was limited to a beginner commercial driver,” Smith said. “We only have to hire about one new driver every six months, and we only hire drivers with two years of over-the-road experience, but we still need courses that are informative and that are presented in an educational format that treats new and seasoned drivers as professionals. With CarriersEdge we have the content, the presentation and the testing we need.
“CarriersEdge also provides an affordable means of training drivers who are based at remote locations, some as far as 100 miles away. Their bundled pricing structure based on the courses we provide rather than charging by driver is more cost effective, and their online instructional approach helps us keep drivers up to date on training with much less of an impact on our dispatch schedules or their availability.”
Abenaqui Carriers is also using the CarriersEdge platform to provide company specific information to drivers, including presentations on emergency response guidelines, security plans, and cargo tank rollover protection, as well as things like videos on aggressive driving and road rage.