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Driver Risk Assessments

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We offer driver risk assessments in all areas of the UK. Our driver 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.
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Our Driver 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
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  • 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
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  • 60/90 Minute Duration – Our risk assessments are 60 minutes for 6 drivers in a day, or 90 minutes for just one driver
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  • 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 driver 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.

Prices:

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.

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 driver 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 www.driversdomainuk.com 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.

Van Driver Training From £175

Our advanced and defensive driving courses are not just for car drivers, we also offer a bespoke advanced van driver training nationwide. We are ideal for drivers that:

1. Recently have started a job driving a van and have little or no experience in driving such a vehicle.
2. Drive a van as part of their job, but have been having a few too many incidents.
3. Drives a van but struggles with the size and needs additional tuition.
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We can provide van driver training in both small and large vans up to 3.5 tonnes (that can be used on a normal, “B” car driving licence) we can also provide training for larger Category C and C1 commercial vehicles.


Two Common Vans We Provide Training In (Our training takes place in your own van):

  • Mercedes Sprinter – This is one of the most common vans we provide driver training in. The Mercedes Sprinter comes in a range of sizes and dimension. Our tutors have many years experience in delivering van driver training in such vehicles.

 

  • Ford Transit/Luton – Perhaps the most well known of all vans. The Ford Transit has been synonyms with “The White Van Man”. Our tutors have helped many “White Man Van” drivers become safer more courteous drivers.

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We can provide van driver training in all vans, car-derived vans and LGV vehicles. With our van driver training we do focus more on maneuvers and mirror use, as this is essential when driving such a large vehicle, with limited rear vision.

Course Content:

  • Forward planning and observation.
  • Understanding and defusing road rage
  • Rules of the road
  • Van Maneuvers (Right and Left reverse + reversing)
  • Advanced mirror use
  • Cornering techniques
  • Skid control techniques
  • All weather driver
  • Psychological elements of driving
  • Vehicle handling with loads
  • Space management and awareness
  • Motorway, Town and Rural driving techniques

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Following the course each driver will get a full driving report outlining what was covered, and their overall risk.

Don’t have a van? We don’t supply vans for training. However, if you would like a session and need a van, we would recommend hiring a van local to yourself, and training can then be arranged to start from the van hire depot. A number of customers who needed van training but did not have access to a van opted for this.
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Quote & Course Duration:

We can provide a full day (7hrs) and a half day (3.5hrs) across the UK. A full day is £320 + vat and a half day is £175 + vat. (correct as at April 2016) You have the option of booking a session online here. Alternatively you can talk to us before hand with any questions you may have.

Our tutors are highly experienced in delivering van driver training, and we provide driver training for delivery drivers for the online Supermarket – Ocado.com in their Mercedes Sprinter Vans.

Please call us on 0333 567 0264 or use the contact form on the upper right of this page, and a member of our team will be able to confirm a quote based on the numbers you are looking to train. We can train as few as one driver or as many as 100+

We have over 200 tutors all over the UK and can come to your office to start the training. We offer van driver training all over the UK including all major towns and cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and many more.

UK Drink Drive Limit

In 2012 there were over 1,100 people were seriously injured when a driver was over the prescribed UK drink drive limit. More sadly 280 people were killed in drink drive road traffic accidents. Drink driving has decreased greatly over the last 30 years. This is mainly down to education – however, there is still room for improvement.

UK Drink Drive Limit:

Drink Drive Limit in the UK is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This is know as the BAC (Blood Alcohol Level). An alternative measurement is 107 milligrammes per 100millilitres of urine.

In Scotland the drink drive limit is lower, at just 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This lower Scottish limit came into effect on 4th December 2014 as an attempt to lower the accident rate of alcohol related drink drive road traffic collisions.

How To Stay Safe – And Under The Limit:

The simple answer is not drink at all when driving. However, the current limit in both England and Scotland allows you to consume a level of alcohol. Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Level) will be determined by a number of elements including:

  1. Your body weight
  2. If you are a male or female. Men tend to process alcohol more quickly
  3. Your metabolic rate – the faster your metabolic rate will usually mean you process alcohol quicker
  4. Your current stress levels. If you are stressed it may take longer for you to process alcohol
  5. If you have recently eaten. Drinking on an empty stomach will have a more dramatic effect than drinking after or with a meal
  6. Your age. Younger drivers tend to process alcohol alcohol slightly slower than older drivers

A large man who has had a meal would be able to drink more, and possibly still be under than drink drive limit than a smaller woman drinking the same amount. It is hard to accurately access how much you have had, and if you are under the drink drive limit. So to avoid the risk take these following steps if you are driving to a social event or party:

  1. Tell people before the event that you are driving
  2. Ensure you will be able to access alcohol free drinks
  3. Make a promise to yourself not to drink, or if you do limit yourself to very little
  4. Remind those who are drinking, that you want to remain safe! They will certainly rely on you if you are giving them a lift after

Below is a calculator that can help you see what you could possibly drink and be above/below the drink drive limit. This is only an estimate and certainly should not be taken as an accurate measure.

 

Driving in Fog Tips

Driving in fog is a major hazard due to the fact that you can’t see where you are going as well, making your planning and observation very hard if not impossible.

Remember the basics in fog: Use your lights. Use your windscreen wipers. Use de-misters. Use common sense! It’s easy really!

General Driver Errors in Fog

In fog most drivers slow down, become more cautious and generally adapt to the conditions. However, it is easy to fall into the trap of making potentially costly mistakes:

  • Following the lights in front – Many drivers feel the need to follow the car lights in front, somehow thinking that if they lose sight of them they will lose their way! Although this sounds ridiculous you will be amazed how many do this, whether it is on a conscious or subconscious level.

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To overcome this, fully understand that your own judgement will be impaired in the fog and that keeping a good distance is the safer option.

  • Failing to judge speed – When waiting at a junction it can be easy to misjudge the speed of an approaching vehicle and pull out when normally you would not. Fog can distort your sense of speed and distance. Failing to judge speed can also be a cause of road rage for some.

To avoid this take an extra second or two to assess the speed of any approaching vehicles. It may be worth letting the vehicle pass, to fully make sure you are safe.

  • Failing to notice your own speed – Over time drivers can become used to driving in fog, and as they do their speed increases, which is the last thing you want to do!

To overcome this take a quick glance at your speedo every now and then and be prepared to adjust your speed.

  • Failing to notice other road users – Although most drivers light up in the fog some do not. Also some cyclists and even pedestrians take risks by not making themselves visible.

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To ensure that you do not slip up here it is important to be aware of any kind of movement in the fog; often drivers report seeing something but are not sure what before hitting a pedestrian, cyclist or an unlit car. With this in mind it is important to look for anything moving in the fog and be prepared to react to it. Be extra careful when driving along a stretch of road where the path suddenly stops, as often people will have to use the roadside to walk. Exercise extreme caution when driving on motorways in fog, and especially if you suffer a motorway breakdown.

Remember that fog can be patchy so should you enter a foggy patch whilst driving, check your mirror and slow down. If needed use your rear fog lights, and if your vehicle is equipped with them, use the front fog lights. Once you are out of fog don’t forget to switch them off. The Highway Code states that you should only use fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres.

Should you need to park in the fog, ensure you park off the road as other drivers and road users may fail to see you. During our advanced driving course, we provide useful tips for not only driving in fog, but all sorts of adverse weather conditions.

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