Course Overview

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Below is an outline of what we cover on a typical training day.

The Initial drive After the introductions and brief car checks have been carried out, and once the driver has had time to relax, the tutor will spend around 30 minutes assessing their driving. This will help them see what sort of driver they are, and pick up on any minor faults.

All faults and observations will be recorded on one of our detailed marking sheets – unique to us, and designed by some of the very best advanced tutors in the UK.

There will be a short informal debrief where the tutor will go over what they have observed and what the rest of the day will focus on.

The Main Part – The main part of the course will introduce and develop a number of concepts. These aspects are introduced and taught as the delegate drives, and also during recap sessions when the vehicle is parked.

All our courses are designed to the very highest standards possible. Our training methods
and content are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the very latest driver training methods, and best practice.

The Debrief – Once the training has finished there will be a full debrief where the tutor provides an overview of the day, what has been covered, and how the driver progressed – along with tips for the future. At this point feedback from the driver is also essential – we always want to know they have found the training beneficial. 

During the course we cover:

Psychological Elements of Driving:

  • The development of mental skills for better driving, and understanding the
    factors which affect your processing skills when driving.
  • How physiological factors affect driving, especially focusing on alertness and tiredness (when many accidents happen!).
  • How to understand what causes road rage and how to defuse it.
  • How external stress can affect your driving and driving conduct.

Observational Elements of Driving:

  • How to observe and anticipate effectively and decide what to do in all driving situations.
  • How to scan your driving environment and understand how speed affects
    observation.
  • Understanding zones of visibility and the importance of keeping a safe distance.
  • Night driving and the hazards which a driver is presented with.
  • How to make observational links between what is seen on the road and required driver response.

All Weather Driving:

  • How to deal with driving in all types of bad weather and when visibility is low.
  • How to deal with and become aware of micro climates (essential on rural roads!).

Vehicle Control:

  • Introduction to the system of car control.
  • How to make the system of car control work for you, including the importance of taking, using and giving information.
  • Acceleration, using gears, clutch, braking and steering – how to develop your skill at using all these to increase safety and reduce wear on the vehicle.
  • How to maintain vehicle stability and to understand and avoid skids.
  • Recognise the cause of skids and how driver aids such as ESP and ABS help you.
  • Understand how a range of signals can help you on the road, including indicators, hazard warning lights, brake lights, horn, arm and courtesy signals.

Vehicle and Road Positioning:

  • How to position yourself in relation to approaching hazards, and for optimal
    visibility.
  • How to corner safely, and introduce the concept of the limit point.
  • How to overtake safely, and knowing when it is safe and not safe to overtake.
  • How to deal with special hazards including poor road surface, vehicles in front and behind and how to overtake on bends.

Different Road Types:

  • Motorways – Understand the laws relating to motorways, and what you need to do as a driver to remain safe on these roads.
  • Rural roads – How to quickly adapt your driving for these roads, which are known to be the most dangerous types of road.
  • Town driving – How to understand the hazards and unique features of driving in built up areas.
  • Eco safe driving – How to drive in a way which can save up to 20% off your fuel bill.

A few days after the course we will email you a full report for each driver – please see example below. 

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