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Speed Awareness Courses

P675.EPSWe offer a full or half day speed awareness course for business customers and private individuals, who wish to become safer drivers. There is a number of reasons for a speed awareness course, which include:

From a Business Perspective – You Maybe…… 

1. Noticing an employee is accumulating points on his or her licence, and you want to take action to ensure they become aware of their speeding.

2. Becoming aware that an employee is driving too fast. Either through points, damage to company vehicles or from passenger reports.

3. Starting to form of a company H&S policy, where effective management of speed, and creating a safer workforce is a current and ongoing objective.

From a Private Individual Perspective – You Maybe…..

1. Facing a court appearance after being caught speeding. Taking our speed awareness course can help demonstrate to a court that you have taken the time to become aware of your speeding issue, and that you have taken the time to invest in improving your driving.

2. Having a growing awareness that you are simply driving too fast, and you want to learn how to become a safer, more speed aware driver. This is valid whether it is for yourself or a loved one.

Course Content:

To start there is a chance to chat with your tutor, in a non-judgemental, friendly way. We are here to help and support, not judge. After the chat, where we would have learnt more about you and your driving, we go on an initial drive to assess what level your driving is up to.  We then mark you in 25 key areas of driving. From then the coaching starts where we cover the following:

* Essential tips on how to avoid speeding
* Developing effective observation and planning skills to help manage speed
* Creating a positive and responsible driving attitude
* Dealing with unfamiliar roads – often where speeding occurs
* Understand the link between stress and speeding
* Learning advanced and defensive driving techniques
* Know when it is safe to use speed, and when to hold back
* How to enter and exit areas with varying speed limits – often where people get caught speeding

When the training is complete, we will mark you again in the 25 key areas of driving, this will enable you to see how you have improved and your overall ability as a driver. This marking format makes it very easy to see how well you performed and improved on the day.

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A full day is £320 + vat (7hrs) and a half day is £200 + vat.

Please Note:

This is a bespoke course option, provided by a private driver training company and is not part of the NSAC (National Speed Awareness Course), which you may have been asked to go on, as an alternative to points on your licence.

Key Facts:

* All training is in your own car or van
* All our tutors are DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) registered advanced driving tutors
* Training is all on-road – not classroom based
* We come to you for the training (we have over 200 tutors around the UK)
* We provide a full report after training send via email
* To book or enquire more please use the contact form on the upper right or call us on 0333 567 0264

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…

Prices:

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 rob@driversdomainuk.com 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.


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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

Prices:

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.