Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Bedford
We provide advanced and defensive driver training for companies and private individuals in and around Bedford. Conducting an advanced driving course in Bedford is ideal for a number of reasons, the main being its location. It’s far enough from London not to be at a constant standstill (although in rush hour this is debatable), and it has quick access to a range of rural roads and motorways – both of which are used in our training sessions.
We cover this area + All of the UK – We come to you for the training:
We provide bespoke advanced/defensive driver training to companies and private individuals using our national network of DVSA-registered advanced driving instructors.
For all our bespoke driving courses in Bedford, we provide training on a range of roads and different areas, which can include:
Motorway training – The nearest motorway to Bedford is the M1 at Woburn via the A421, and we can create a route to take in several motorway junctions and back to Bedford via the A509 and the A422 at Chicheley Hill. Motorway driving is something that many drivers avoid if they are unconfident, often adding hours to a long journey. The entering and exiting motorway junctions at speed and the fear of being boxed in by HGVs and vans are some of the most worrying aspects of these roads. We have helped many drivers with motorway confidence, including delivery drivers for businesses and drivers who fear fast motorways. Many accidents happen on motorways at the junctions where drivers slow down too quickly when exiting or not quickly enough to enter the motorway. Still, with some extra training, you can become much more confident on these roads, allowing you to use all motorways successfully and with confidence.
Rural Roads – Within a few miles of Bedford, you will find yourself in very rural areas surrounding the town, and driving confidently in these areas is a must. From seasonal changes like flooding or fallen trees in the winter months to slow-moving traffic farming and tourist traffic in the summer, there is always a wide range of risks on rural roads. No two people are the same with regards to driving issues, and if you are more familiar with town or motorway driving, then rural driving can have its own set of challenges. There will be much less lighting or signage in rural areas, and there can be a temptation to speed. We have found that many rural accidents involve younger drivers and drivers who are particularly unfamiliar with the route. As a prime example, the B660 from the town centre through to Pertenahll has seen many accidents that may have been avoided with extra driver training for rural locations – simply by reading the road and getting a better understanding of what’s going on.
Urban Training – The A6, the A421 and the A4280 surround Bedford town centre and have been the sites of many urban accidents. Urban driving has a set of challenges unlike any other road type; driving through busy urban routes is much more frustrating, especially during rush hour traffic, so learning some better observation techniques will improve your driving. Better mirror procedures and ensuring that other drivers know your intentions by using your indicators or tapping your brake pedal to show that you are slowing down are vital. Many accidents in urban areas are down to impatience. We can show you how to anticipate better the actions of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. If you are contemplating a delivery role, advanced driver training in urban environments can really help.
During a session, we typically look at:
* Forward planning and observation
* Speed Awareness
* Developing a positive attitude towards safer driving
* How to become a safer driver on all roads
* Car or van control (gears, steering, foot controls, signals)
* Rules of the road
* Dealing with road rage
* Reversing and manoeuvres
* Dealing with adverse weather
* Town and urban defensive driving
* Driving in heavy traffic and allowing adequate space
* Skid control theory and learning what causes skids
* Eco-safe driving (effective use of speed, gears, and planning)
* Anticipation – Learning to see and not just look
* Understanding other road users and their intentions
Remember – Each driving course is bespoke to your own needs. This applies to both business and individual customers across the UK
We currently offer a range of courses based on time. These are designed for drivers of all abilities, experience and budget ranges:
3.5hr – Our shortest course is ideal for those that need a short session for a range of reasons. Also popular for company clients who are training many drivers
2 x 3.5hr – If a full day is too much and a half-day not long enough, then our 2 x 3.5hr session is a great alternative. It allows time to absorb what has been taught in the first session and to then carry on and progress on the final session
7hr full day – A full day can be hard for some drivers, but for others is a great duration as it gets the training completed in one day and is cheaper than splitting it over two sessions.
For those that want more of a comprehensive session, we offer 3 – 4 and 5 x 3.5hr sessions. Designed for those with significant issues that need addressing or for those that simply want the maximum level of bespoke one-to-one training possible.
We can provide training for a half-day or full-day. What we do tend to find is that many companies opt for a 2:1 format, so one driver can go out with our tutor for 3.5 hours, and another then goes out in the afternoon for the same time. We also have longer duration courses for those that want to improve their driving over a longer period, which is more popular for private customers. You are able to book online at www.driversdomainuk.com/book/