Part Theory – Part Practical Defensive Driving Course. Large Goods Vehicles up to 44 tonnes
We recognise the logistical difficulties and costs in taking drivers of Large Goods and Articulated vehicles off the road so have devised several formats to ensure disruption is minimal and the quality of the training is maintained. The practical training is based on SAFED ( safe and fuel efficient driving). While we prefer to take the drivers away from their normal job for the training so that we have their undivided attention, we can often do on the job driver training depending on us being able to plan a feasible route.
Seminar followed by In Vehicle Training
Theory session driver training seminars can be held at a time to suit e.g. pre or post shift or at weekends. The practical session can then be held over the following days and with some pre-planning can often be incorporated into the delivery schedule.
The Theory Session, which lasts about two hours, starts with an examination of the reasons for the course – health and safety, road risk and an analysis of the company’s claims record if available. We then look at the principles of defensive driving where the delegates are encouraged to debate the problems that they face on the road. We then examine the most common accident situations, what causes them and look at how they can be avoided. Manoeuvring and parking is often a high claims problem that can be discussed in the classroom to identify best practice.
The In Vehicle Driver Training starts with a vehicle inspection and an eyesight check. Each delegate then has an assessment drive so that we can establish an idea of their ability. Our Instructor will then give a demonstration drive with a commentary to demonstrate just how far ahead it is possible to plan. The principles of a “Systematic” approach based on the police driving manual “Roadcraft” will be demonstrated in this drive. Delegates then take a second turn behind the wheel and receive helpful tuition and advice aimed at improving observation anticipation and planning. Specific manoeuvring exercises can be built into the programme. The session ends with feedback for the delegates and a review of the day
In Vehicle Driver Training Ratios can be 2:1 all day in a three seater cab or 1:1 for a full or half day in a two seater cab (most artic tractor units).
On the Job Driver Training is available and can be accommodated into a normal shift pattern. If feasible we can arrange a rendezvous point mid shift so that the instructor can train up to two people per day.
After the course each driver will receive a Certificate of Attendance and a full written report which will highlight any areas that can be improved. If we identify any drivers who we feel would benefit from further help, their report is fast tracked and we will discreetly contact you and arrange a further 1:1 in vehicle session.
You will also receive feedback on other items such as vehicle condition, eyesight checks and any other safety related suggestions that may help.