Occupational Driver Training

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Millions of cars, vans, lorries, taxis, buses, motorcycles are used for work. Very few organisations operate without using motor vehicles. About 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes. The HSE say that "health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to all work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system".

Benefits to your organisation

Changing drivers' perceptions of risk and increasing personal awareness of road safety issues

Focussing on driver attitudes and behaviours, while working to enhance individual participant's driving skills, the Road Skills training course aims to significantly reduce risk - to your drivers, company vehicles, and third-party road users - and reduce the costs of unnecessary insurance claims, and the excessive wear and tear caused by inappropriate driving.

The training course normally commences with a 2 hour theory input concentrating on attitudes and a systematic method of safe driving. This part of the training can accommodate between 20 and 30 participants per. session and normally takes place up to 2 weeks before the practical session.

Practical training begins with eyesight and vehicle checks. In order to identify individual training needs, participants undertake a short assessment drive, enabling their trainer to tailor a personal lesson plan with specific training objectives.

Our trainers also coach participants in the development of key driving skills, including low speed manoeuvring and fuel-efficient driving.

To enable fleet operators to manage their company's occupational road risk, the whole process is documented in the form of a risk-rated driving report. Most delegates fall into the categories of 'Low Risk' or 'Average Risk'.

Where a driver is identified as 'High Risk', the company will be notified immediately, and appropriate training recommendations will be offered.

Whose vehicle - and where does training take place?

Conducted in your own vehicles - cars, vans, mini-buses or LGV's - training is delivered by a fully qualified driver trainer.

Minimising business disruption and reducing your employees' travelling time, training can usually be held at any business location.

Please note: course participants must hold a valid licence and the vehicle in which training is to take place must be legally roadworthy and fully insured.

Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving ( SAFED) SAFED is a government initiative designed to improve driving skills of van drivers making them safer and more fuel efficient. The initiative has proved to be very successful in reducing costs and company image

Who should attend?

Anyone who drives for work, or who is interested in reducing fuel costs and their carbon footprint.

What will they learn?

Participants will learn to become less stressed and over-all safer drivers. They will develop a more environmentally friendly way of driving, so that fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10%. Driving techniques include better use of gears, keeping correct distances to reduce braking and raising awareness to improve fuel economy and road layout.

Costs and Benefits

For organisations that need to be convinced that taking action to prevent work related vehicle accidents is likely to be cost effective, the true costs of road accidents to organisations are nearly always significantly higher than the resulting insurance claims. Unless adequate accident data collection and costing systems are in place, organisations will not know what their road accidents are costing them, and estimates are very likely to be over optimistic. More importantly, accidents impose unquantifiable human costs on their victims, families, colleagues and friends.

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Improving Staff Morale, Skills and Confidence

A programme of driver training isn't just a commercial consideration to conform with Health & Safety requirements but a genuine investment in your employees well being. A driver who has had an accident in his own car and in his own time still adversely affects your business in terms of replacing staff and reorganisation of workloads and objectives. The skills and techniques learnt through an effective assessment, training, coaching and development course are kept by an employee for life and even passed on to family members.

Defensive driver training can help to reduce absenteeism and stress and in turn reduce days taken off due to illness or injury. A stressed driver is an accident waiting to happen! Our programme of driver training tackles risk taking, excessive speed, road rage issues and focuses on personal safety and positive attitudes.

An accident on the road can do untold damage to your organisations image but consider also the public's perception of vehicles covered in dents and scratches. Many of these 'minor' incidents occur when parking or manoeuvring and not only are the costly to repair but they can severely damage the culture or image your organisation aims to portray.

An effective programme of on-road risk reduction demonstrates your genuine wish to reduce accidents and the several deaths and injuries which occur daily on our roads involving someone who was driving for work.