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Driving Confidence Courses

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 11.27.11We help a large number of drivers, who are having issues with their confidence. In our experience, there are a number of reasons why motorists experience issues with their levels of confidence, which typically include:

1. Driving anxiety following a road traffic collision – Following an at-fault or a not at-fault road traffic collision, people can become very nervous about driving again.

Typically this involves a fear of other road users, especially HGV’s and using the motorways, or driving in adverse weather. We take a caring approach and look at how best to resolve your issues, and help boost your confidence.

2. A fear of driving a new or larger vehicle – People can lack confidence if they need to drive a larger vehicle. We can help you get used to the size, and help with various maneuvers.  A larger vehicle is often a great deal easier than you think. We can train you in your new, larger vehicle and allow you the time to get used to the size, and learn some great driving techniques too!

3. Having not driven a car in a long while – People who have lived abroad, or have a licence and all of a sudden need to drive again, find themselves requiring additional training to give them the confidence to drive. We can work with you to slowly build your confidence and refresh your driving skills.

We have developed a Driving Confidence Course, which is designed to help boost a drivers level of confidence. The course is bespoke to a drivers own needs and requirements. We understand no two drivers are the same.

All courses are delivered by highly experienced DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standard Agency) registered instructors, and are reassessed every 4 years to ensure they can continue to provide professional training at the very highest level.

driving-scene-2How a Course Runs:

All training starts from your home or office. We come to you for the training, not the other way round. We can also provide training on a weekend too. After you book a course, your tutor will call you to introduce themselves, and to discuss your situation and circumstances in more detail.

On the day of the course you will meet your tutor for a further informal, non judgemental chat before the driving starts. If appropriate, we allow you to drive in a way you normally would for a short time, for you to relax and for our tutor to get a feel for what you are like as a driver.

We then spend some time talking over what the tutor observed on the initial drive, and what the rest of the day will focus on. If you are having issues with motorways and overtaking for example, then the course will be focused more on that. Our courses are different as they are bespoke to your exact needs. We don’t just offer an “off the peg” course to fit all drivers.

At the end of the course, there will be a full debrief, along with tips and advice for the future. During the day there will be plenty of times to stop and discuss various aspects of driving and most importantly your driving and anxieties. You won’t be driving continuously for a full or half day.

Course Cotent:

Our Driving Confidence Course is bespoke to your needs, although there are a number of elements we do spend time coving, which include:

1. Forward planning and observation
2. Anticipation
3. Rules of the road
4. Dealing with adverse weather
5. Advanced car control
6. Speed awareness
7. Dealing with road rage and much more…


A full day costs £389 for a 7hr session, and a half day is £239 for a 3.5hr session. Both the same things are covered in a full/half day, although the full day allows longer to help develop your confidence.

After the course you will receive a full report of your driving sent on email, along with a certificate of completion if required.

Get In Touch:

If you would like to know more, or look at available dates please email or use the contact form on the upper right of the screen. We look forward to being able to help you become a safer, more confident driver.

Dealing With Road Rage

How Can Road Rage Start?

Road Rage can start if one driver does something to irritate another. The main things that cause Road Rage are:

1. Tailgating
2. Cutting up at islands
3. Inappropriate overtaking
4. Undertaking on motorways

What Usually Happens?

Road Rage involves drivers acting aggressively, typically tailgating and waving a few selected hand gestures. Thats thankfully where most incidents end! However, sometimes things can get nasty and drivers will try to ram other cars. Occasionally, as we have seen in the media, Road Rage (although very rare) can have fatal consequences so beware.

What is Red Mist?

Red Mist is a psychological state that can arise when a driver is so determined to achieve some non-driving related objective, such as following a person who has annoyed them, that they can no longer assess driving risks realistically. Professional drivers such as police pursuit drivers and ambulance drivers, as part of their extensive training, are very aware of red mist. The nature of their job, whether it is driving to a road traffic accident or following a 14-year-old who has just stolen a car, could so easily result in them becoming frustrated and angry, or taking dangerous risks for “a noble cause”.

How To Stop The Red Mist Coming Down

The best way professional drivers find to overcome this is to firstly realise the symptoms. This usually is a feeling of anger and frustration. Once you have acknowledged how you are feeling it’s easier to deal with. The best way (although it does vary from driver to driver) is to try to objectively describe the situation you are in and not become emotionally involved in the situation. This is often very effective. Using this technique can help you defuse anger from a Road Rage incident.

Our Road Rage Course:

Our sister site offers road rage courses, designed for drivers having issues with their temper, when driving. More Info


C+E LGV/HGV Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses

We offer specialist advanced and defensive driver training for fully qualified LGV/HGV drivers covering C1, C, C1+E and C+E entitlements across the UK.  More companies are becoming aware of the need to increase the driving standards of HGV drivers and to demonstrate their duty of care.

Our advanced courses for qualified HGV drivers are designed to take their current level of driving and raise it to a higher level, that helps reduce their occupational road risk, and become safer, more observant, fuel efficient advanced drivers.

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HGV Course Format:

We offer a half (3.5hr) or full (7hr) session for qualified LGV/HGV drivers wanting to take advanced/defensive driver training. All training takes place in your own HGV. After the initial introductions and licence checks, there will be some initial safety checks. Assuming all is ok, then the driver will be asked to drive in a way they usually do with no input from the tutor. This allows the tutor to see the level of driving they are up to. This initial drive usually lasts for 20-30 minutes, sometimes a little longer.

After the initial drive, there is an open, two way discussion, where our instructor gives feedback on how the driver performed on the initial drive – fundamentally what they are like as a driver – both strengths and weaknesses. This forms the basis for the training element.

The main training element focuses on lowering the road risk of the driver, if we found on the initial drive that the driver has an issue with speed for example, we will ensure more time is dedicated to speed awareness. If another driver is having issues with judgement and maneuvers – again the course will be adjusted to help develop a drivers spacial awareness and so on. Our courses for LGV/HGV drivers are designed to be customised to the needs and requirements of the driver.

At the end of the course, there will be a debrief, which will recap the day and hints and tips for the future. A full report, which measures a driver in over 20 elements will be emailed to you. The report indicates the overall road risk of the driver – which is either High, Medium or Low risk.

Our Tutors:

Our tutors delivering LGV/HGV training have the entitlement (either C1, C, C1+E or C+E), which matches the vehicle they are training in. Furthermore they are all highly experienced in delivering advanced and defensive driver training in LGV/HGV vehicles, and are registered with the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency).

Many tutors are also highly experienced ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructors) who, in addition to LGV/HGV training, also deliver advanced driver training for car drivers. We ensure all our tutors have a passion for advanced driving and road safety.


Course Content:

* Forward planning and observation
* Maneuvers (Including safe reversing)
* Advanced vehicle control
* Fuel efficient driving
* Rules of the road
* Creating a positive attitude
* Speed awareness
* Loading and load awareness
* Dealing with stress and driving
* Dealing with adverse weather


A half day course (3.5hr) session costs £200+VAT. A full day (7hr)  is £320+VAT (£380 if you are in an area we have little coverage). We can train as few as just one LGV/HGV driver, or 100+. We can also operate a 2:1 format where one tutor trains a driver in the morning for 3.5hrs, and one in the afternoon for the same time. This works out at £160 + vat a driver and is very popular due to the time and cost savings.

Please call us on 033 567 0264, use the chat facility on the left of this screen, or use the contact form on the upper right of this page to get in touch. We cover most of the UK and can come to you for the training. Should you be in a location where we have to draft tutors in from other parts of the UK (100 + miles), which is often the case for more remote areas (Scotland and far South East) we require an extra £30 per 3.5hr session/£60 per 7hr session, so in this instance a full day would be £380+VAT. The additional cost is to cover travel and hotel for the tutors.

Driving Risk Assessments

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We offer driving risk assessments in all areas of the UK. Our driving risk assessments are designed for companies that want to take the first step in demonstrating their Duty of Care in relation to risk management. All our risk assessments are road based only. We feel assessing people actually behind the wheel is far more intuitive and represents most accurately their road risk when driving.

Our Driving Risk Assessments – Key Facts:

  • Road Based Sessions – All assessments are road based, delivered by DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) registered ADIs, who are experts in risk assessments and advanced driver training
  • We Come To You – We can conveniently start and finish a driver risk assessment from your office or any location of your choice around the UK
  • 60/90 Minute Duration – Our risk assessments are 60 minutes for 6 drivers in a day, or 90 minutes for just one driver
  • Emailing of Assessment – Once a risk assessment is complete there will be a short debrief before our tutors complete the risk assessment form. We will then email you the report for each driver around 2-3 days after the assessment.

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How We Risk Assess Drivers:

Our driving risk assessments measure a driver in 21 key driving areas on one of our bespoke assessment reports (example below). We mark them either low, medium or high risk in each of these areas, along with a written part, which allows our tutor to go into further detail about the driver. Each driver will then be given an overall score, either low, medium or high risk.

View an example driver risk assessment here 

Should you wish to discuss your driver risk assessment options please email us using the contact form on the upper right of this page, or call us on 0333 567 0264.


We can assess 6 drivers in a day (60 mins each) for just £340 + vat, which works out at just £56.66 + vat a driver. We can train up to 50 drivers a day, at multiple locations if required. For training just one driver it is £150 + vat for a 90 min session. We can be flexible to your needs if you have a set idea that you want to consider.

6 Delegates in a day would be based on the following format:

9am – 10am – Session 1     12:30 – 13:30 – Session 4
10:10 – 11:10 – Session 2    14:00 – 15:00 – Session 5
11:20 – 12:20 – Session 3   15:10 – 16:10 – Session 6

Life After Risk Assessments….

Many companies use driving risk assessments to filter out those drivers, that maybe require additional training. Usually companies that identify drivers as medium or high risk opt for additional on-road training. We can assist you should you want on-road advanced/defensive driver training following risk assessments. We have over 200 fleet registered advanced driving tutors around the UK.

You can visit for more info on our advanced driving courses or visit our homepage on this website.

Should you wish to discuss your driver risk assessment options please email us using the contact form on the upper right of this page, or call us on 0333 567 0264.