Advanced and Defensive Driver Training

Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility.  The vehicle will always be at the correct speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear. Advanced driver training courses are one of the most effective courses delivered to qualified company vehicle drivers.  We have developed a range of courses that deliver a changes in attitude and behaviour whilst developing drivers existing skills to a higher more advanced level. Our Advanced Driver Training Courses develop driving techniques to a higher standard while providing bullet proof ‘Health & Safety’ compliance.  Considerable fuel savings and improved environmental performance are achieved while giving drivers usable driving skills.  H & S compliance is achieved by effective use of a driver risk assessment at the start of the session and towards the end. Our programme is suitable for all categories of licence holders and all types organisations regardless of the area of operation.  On completion of our courses each driver gets a certificate and full trainer report with guidance and recommendations if required.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: Full day and half day.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1.

Aims: To introduce the driver to Advanced driving and best practice driving techniques.  Demonstrating the benefits of using then on the road to reduce the risk of collisions and improve driver and vehicle efficiency while reducing costs.  To develop existing skills and techniques to modern and consistently high standard.

Objectives: Achieved through an effective and complimentary blend of assessment and in car coaching with an element of theory based training aimed at achieving the clients and drivers course objectives.

Outcomes: To achieve a change in driver attitude and behaviour and provide the driver with the potential to survive safely on today’s roads.  A unique benefit of our training programmes is our facility to be able to not only train Advanced Drivers but also examine to the Diamond Advanced Driving Test and the Diamond Advanced Special Test, in house with our own qualified examiners. To book an Advanced Driver Training Course or for any further information on any of our services, please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

Advanced Driver Training Courses

Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility.  The vehicle will always be at the correct speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear. Advanced driver training courses are one of the most effective courses delivered to qualified company vehicle drivers.  We have developed a range of courses that deliver a changes in attitude and behaviour whilst developing drivers existing skills to a higher more advanced level. Our Advanced Driver Training Courses develop driving techniques to a higher standard while providing bullet proof ‘Health & Safety’ compliance.  Considerable fuel savings and improved environmental performance are achieved while giving drivers usable driving skills.  H & S compliance is achieved by effective use of a driver risk assessment at the start of the session and towards the end. Our programme is suitable for all categories of licence holders and all types organisations regardless of the area of operation.  On completion of our courses each driver gets a certificate and full trainer report with guidance and recommendations if required.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: Full day and half day.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1.

Aims: To introduce the driver to Advanced driving and best practice driving techniques.  Demonstrating the benefits of using then on the road to reduce the risk of collisions and improve driver and vehicle efficiency while reducing costs.  To develop existing skills and techniques to modern and consistently high standard.

Objectives: Achieved through an effective and complimentary blend of assessment and in car coaching with an element of theory based training aimed at achieving the clients and drivers course objectives.

Outcomes: To achieve a change in driver attitude and behaviour and provide the driver with the potential to survive safely on today’s roads.  A unique benefit of our training programmes is our facility to be able to not only train Advanced Drivers but also examine to the Diamond Advanced Driving Test and the Diamond Advanced Special Test, in house with our own qualified examiners. To book an Advanced Driver Training Course or for any further information on any of our services, please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

SAFED Driving Courses

SAFED driving courses.  Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving – was created to provide driver training for company drivers. Initially funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), SAFED for Vans enabled both individual van drivers and organisations with van fleets to improve safety and fuel economy. The scheme was then rolled out to other categories of licence holders.

The scheme followed a very successful pilot project, that found significant financial and environmental gains could be made by training drivers to use advanced and defensive driving techniques without any noticeable impact on journey times. We specialise in delivering Safe and Fuel Efficient Drivingcourses for company drivers in cars, vans, LGV’s and PCV’s.

 

 

Benefits for the Company/Fleet Operator:

  • reduced crashes/incidents by the fleet with reduced insurance and excess costs.
  • reduced fuel costs through more efficient driving style.
  • motivated drivers who have received high quality training.
  • reduced fleet costs, (brakes, gearboxes, clutches and tyres) through improved vehicle sympathy.
  • reduced complaints on driving behaviour and associated damage to company image.
  • fulfills Health and Safety compliance.

Benefits for the Driver:

  •  less stressful driving and reduced driver fatigue.
  • significantly improved fuel economy.
  • significantly reduced chance of being involved in a collision.
  • no impact on journey time.
  • skills can be used when driving private vehicles.

The benefits for a driver covering 20,000 miles a year could include:

  • savings of up to £500 of diesel per vehicle.
  • over a 1/4 tonne reduction in carbon emissions.
  • reduction of fuel consumption by around 10% per vehicle.
  • 59% fewer gear changes.
  • fewer crashes, lower insurance premiums, lower running costs and higher residual value of vehicles and a reduction in cargo casualties.
  • Health & Safety Compliance.
The Course The one day course is a mix of classroom and on-the-road tuition and teaches the use of advanced driving techniques such as better use of gears (avoiding over-revving and missing out unnecessary gear changes), correct braking technique, fuel economy and improved road awareness (seeing junctions in good time). It is a successful blend of assessment and training that fully involves the driver in the whole process. Where ever possible training is carried out in a drivers usual vehicle, however if this is not possible we can arrange a suitable alternative. At the outcome of the course, the driver will receive a full debrief and a certificate of achievement. To book a SAFED Driving Course or for any further information please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

Blue Light Training Courses

Total Driving Solutions can provide bespoke solutions to organisations and public service institutions regardless of size or location. For further information about our Blue Light Training Courses. please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

 

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Driver Risk Assessments and Pre-Employment Drives

As an employer or self-employed person, you are responsible for assessing the risks to health and safety in your business. Driver Risk Assessments and Pre Employment Drives for any work-related driving activity should follow the same principles as for any other work activity but must be carried out by a suitably qualified person. Pre Employment Assessment Drives are designed for potential new employees to assess their driving abilities before providing them with a company vehicle. Not only are driver risk assessments a legal requirement, they can also help prioritise the individuals most in need of training, saving money in the longer term. Whether you are looking to carry out driver risk assessments online, on-road or even train one of your own employees to carry out the assessment for you we have the course, service or product to meet your requirements.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: 1.5 Hours.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 1 : 1.

Aims: To achieve a “where are we now” of the individual drivers in your fleet and lay the foundation for a safety based culture within the company and to assess those most at risk within the organisation.

Objectives: Achieved by carrying out a thorough in car skills and attitude assessment based on Health and Safety Executive guidelines to provide an individual driver profile while satisfying your companies “Duty of Care”.

Outcomes: An effective assessment gives direction to any training that is going to be given. In the case of a Driver Risk Assessment it helps to prioritise what training is given at the same time as providing a credible audit trail and determining where training is best directed, if at all. An in depth report will be provided on each drivers performance during the risk assessment.

To book a Driver Risk Assessment or Pre Employment Drive or for any further information on any of our services or products then please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

UK Familiarisation Driving Course

Our UK familiarisation driving course has been developed to introduce overseas drivers to driving in the United Kingdom. It has been designed to help familiarise them with UK driving conditions, our laws and driving standards.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: Full day.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1.

Aims: To introduce the driver to the legal requirements of driving in the UK and complying with all relevant laws, procedures and defensive driving techniques. Orientating the driver to driving on the left side of the road and complying with the conditions of the Highway Code.

Objectives: Delivering ‘Duty of Care obligations for the client company whilst giving the driver a thorough introduction to driving in the United Kingdom. This is achieved through an effective blend of theory and practical in vehicle training covering the legalities of driving in the UK, orientating the driver to driving on the left side of the road and developing driving techniques to those expected of in this country.

Outcomes: To achieve a clear understanding of the legal requirements and obligations of driving in the United Kingdom ensuring the safety of the employee and those effected by their activities.

To book a UK familiarisation driving course call 01423 298398 or click here

SAFED for Vans

SAFED driving courses.  Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving – was created to provide driver training for company drivers. Initially funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), SAFED for Vans enabled both individual van drivers and organisations with van fleets to improve safety and fuel economy. The scheme was then rolled out to other categories of licence holders.

The scheme followed a very successful pilot project, that found significant financial and environmental gains could be made by training drivers to use advanced and defensive driving techniques without any noticeable impact on journey times. We specialise in delivering Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving courses for company drivers in cars, vans, LGV’s and PCV’s.

 

Benefits for the Company/Fleet Operator:

  • reduced crashes/incidents by the fleet with reduced insurance and excess costs.
  • reduced fuel costs through more efficient driving style.
  • motivated drivers who have received high quality training.
  • reduced fleet costs, (brakes, gearboxes, clutches and tyres) through improved vehicle sympathy.
  • reduced complaints on driving behaviour and associated damage to company image.
  • fulfills Health and Safety compliance.

Benefits for the Driver:

  •  less stressful driving and reduced driver fatigue.
  • significantly improved fuel economy.
  • significantly reduced chance of being involved in a collision.
  • no impact on journey time.
  • skills can be used when driving private vehicles.

The benefits for a driver covering 20,000 miles a year could include:

  • savings of up to £500 of diesel per vehicle.
  • over a 1/4 tonne reduction in carbon emissions.
  • reduction of fuel consumption by around 10% per vehicle.
  • 59% fewer gear changes.
  • fewer crashes, lower insurance premiums, lower running costs and higher residual value of vehicles and a reduction in cargo casualties.
  • Health & Safety Compliance.
The Course The one day course is a mix of classroom and on-the-road tuition and teaches the use of advanced driving techniques such as better use of gears (avoiding over-revving and missing out unnecessary gear changes), correct braking technique, fuel economy and improved road awareness (seeing junctions in good time). It is a successful blend of assessment and training that fully involves the driver in the whole process. Where ever possible training is carried out in a drivers usual vehicle, however if this is not possible we can arrange a suitable alternative. At the outcome of the course, the driver will receive a full debrief and a certificate of achievement. To book a SAFED Driving Course or for any further information please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

Driver Workshops

Our driver workshops have been developed to provide a wide range of incident, issue or operational driver theory workshops designed to deliver dynamic and permanent changes in driver behaviour. Our thought provoking theory based driver workshops provide an ideal opportunity for employers to ensure that all those who drive for work purposes, understand the principles of safe and defensive driving. By concentrating on the theory that underpins competent and lawful driving on today’s roads this workshop provides a cost effective means to improve the driving abilities of all those that drive as part of their jobs. “In a recent study, carried out on behalf of Churchill car insurance, the importance of keeping road knowledge refreshed was highlighted. In the study, the 50 qualified drivers taking a real theory test found questions on road and traffic signs the most difficult to answer. This was followed by vehicle handling and accidents, with vulnerable road users and the safety of your vehicle in equal fourth. More than a third (34 per cent) failed the hazard perception element and half failed the multiple choice questions. In order to pass the theory test, candidates must pass both elements.” It is very worrying that road illiteracy amongst experienced motorists is so widespread.

Additional research revealed that more than half (53 per cent) of UK motorists believe it should be compulsory to re-take both elements of the theory test after a certain number of years to ensure their knowledge of the road remains current.

Our driver workshops are designed to educate and inform while addressing any knowledge gaps. In addition to our standard training content we can build a bespoke programme that is designed around your company or organisations specific requirements designed to engage and educate drivers. To book a Driver Workshop or for any further information on any of our products and services please call 01423 298 398 or click here

Crash Awareness and Remedial Driver Training

Our Crash Awareness and Remedial Driver Training programmes are incident or issue driven courses that can be introduced as the result of telemetry (tracker) information or in-vehicle issues or incidents. Our course relies heavily on an effective assessment that creates course content that is flexible and tailored to the individual drivers requirements and the circumstances requiring the intervention.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: Full day and half day.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1.

Aims: To reduce individual drivers exposure to risk created by themselves and other road users. Includes  an element of defensive driving and best practice advanced techniques. Demonstrating the benefits of employing then on the road to reduce the risk of collisions and improve driver and vehicle efficiency.

Objectives: Achieved through an effective and complimentary blend of assessment and in car coaching with an element of theory based training aimed at reaching the individual drivers objectives.

Outcomes: To achieve a change in driver attitude and behaviour and provide the driver with the potential to survive safely on today’s roads, reducing the likelihood of a reoccurrence.

To book an Advanced & Defensive Driver Training Course or for any further information please call 01423 298 398 or click here.

4 x 4 and Off Road Driver Training

Our 4 x 4 and Off Road Driver Training courses are a mix of practical and theory based training programmes suitable for drivers who may as part of their role could be required to drive off road regardless of individual standards. The course has been designed to help you meet “duty of care” obligations under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) and give the drivers the usable off road driving techniques and skills while executing their duties off road.

Venue: Clients premises or our training facility.

Duration: Full day.

Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1.

Aims: To introduce the driver to 4 x 4 and Off Road Driving and best practice techniques. Demonstrating the benefits of employing them on and off road reducing the risk of incidents and environmental impact while driving off road.

Objectives: Achieved through an effective and complimentary blend of theory and practical training covering the basic aspects and advanced principles (including ground evaluation and recovery techniques) of driving off road, aimed at reaching the clients course objectives.

Outcomes: To achieve a change in driver attitude and behaviour and provide the driver with the potential to operate the vehicle safely off road protecting themselves, the vehicle and the environment to a high standard.

Accredited by BORDA (British off road driving association).

To book a 4 x 4 and Off Road Driver Training Course or for any further information on any of our programmes or services please call 01423 298 398 or click here

Trailer Towing and Manoeuvring Courses.

We can deliver a range of Trailer Towing and Manoeuvring Courses to suit all drivers and operational requirements. regardless of when the driving test was passed. Along with B + E driver training we can deliver a refresher training courses for more experienced drivers that can be combined with one of our Defensive or Advanced Driving Courses. Venue: Clients premises or our training facility. Duration: Full day and half day. Trainer to Driver Ratio: 2 : 1 or 1 : 1. Aims: To introduce the driver to the safe and correct principle of:-

  • Trailer towing and the law.
  • Loading and weight distribution.
  • Trailer hitching and unhitching.
  • Towing forwards.
  • Reverse manoeuvring.

Objectives: Achieved through a combination of interactive classroom based theory and in vehicle training covering off road manoeuvring and on road driving.Outcomes: A clear understanding of attaching the trailer to the towing vehicle safely and within the law. Towing and manoeuvring it with confidence and demonstrating a clear understanding of legal obligations. To book a Trailer Towing and Manoeuvring Course or for any further information on any of our courses please call 01423 298 398 or click here.