Driver development is very different from teaching somebody how to drive. We know our corporate clients can drive and have a valid licence, otherwise their employers wouldn’t entrust them with such a valuable company asset. We use defensive driving techniques and other methods to develop business drivers’ on-road risk management ability and equip them with the skill sets to anticipate and avoid collisions.
In reality, defensive driving is a form of advanced driving. The latter is often associated with driving perhaps more quickly than you might otherwise do, but this shouldn’t be the case. Defensive driving is merely driving defensively, so that you don’t get caught up in other people’s collisions and incidents.
But driver development is not just about putting drivers through defensive driver training. We stress the importance of regular eyesight and vehicle checks; we discuss the specific issues raised in the driver risk assessment that will have been carried out before the training session; we cover fuel-saving eco-driving techniques and discuss other aspects of the driver’s behaviour that might need further development after the training session is over.
Occasionally, clients will have a requirement for coaching in high performance driving techniques and we are well equipped to carry this out. Although defensive driver training plays an important part in high performance driving, this course is geared towards the driver having a greater understanding of vehicle dynamics at speed and the specific techniques that ensure safe, smooth progress in all road conditions.
Typically, driver Development courses are conducted at the client’s location using their own vehicles. The driver development course covers:
- Eyesight, licence and vehicle checks
- An interactive presentation on driving risk management
- A driver risk profile assessment
- Practical coaching in active driving risk management
- Effective observation and anticipation
- Eco driving (10% to 15% savings can be achieved on average)
- Report, learning points and development areas
- A risk profile