Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Colchester

We provide advanced driver training to a number of companies and private individuals in and around the county of Essex – Colchester is the most popular place in the county for us to provide driver training.

We cover Colchester/Essex and 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. We appreciate you have a choice when it comes to driver training. Over the years, we have worked hard to ensure we differentiate ourselves based on service and quality of training.

Due to our training’s bespoke nature, we have a driving course ideal for everyone. While many of our courses for business and private customers overlap, all courses are available to either.

Training with us means you benefit from:

* One-to-one driver training
* Personal account management, a member of our team will get to know you, and your specific needs
* National UK coverage – we come to you for the training
Only the most dedicated, professional advanced driving tutors work with us
All tutors are handpicked and are Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency registered

Our bespoke training is what separates us from other training providers. The thought of a rigid tick box, one size fits all driving course fills us with dread. They’re uninspiring, boring and rarely get the most from a driver. So when we talk about “bespoke training”, what do we actually mean?

We look at training the same way we look at our customers, whether business or private; each one is unique. Every driver is different with regard to driving, based on both internal and external elements. Internal elements are things such as personality type, attitudes, and concentration. External elements are things such as years of driving experience, mileage covered, positive and negative experiences etc. 

More and more companies are investing in advanced driver training – key benefits of such are:

* Reduced accident rate among drivers
* Lower fleet insurance
* Lower fuel costs
* Improved driver morale

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, planning)
* Anticipation – Learning to see and not just look
* Understanding other road users and their intentions

For all our bespoke driving courses in Colchester, we provide training on a range of roads and different areas, which can include:

Motorway training – Colchester is served by the A12 and the A120, but the closest motorway is toward the west, the M11 at Bishops Stortford. Unless you use motorways often, they can be very worrisome, and many unconfident drivers will avoid motorway travel, often adding hours to journeys. There is a specific set of challenges with motorway driving, and a little extra tuition can help immensely. Knowing how to keep to the correct speed for entering and exiting on busy junctions, avoiding being boxed in by HGVs and being able to change lanes and overtake with good indications allows other drivers to be fully aware of your intentions. With advanced driver systems such as IPSGA (Information, Planning, Speed, Gear and Accelerate) and better observations, you can use motorways with calm confidence.

Rural Roads – As Colchester is located en route to the coast, there is much more tourist traffic at certain times of the year, and these roads are far more travelled than rural roads in non-coastal areas. The triangle of minor roads between Colchester, Harwich and Clacton on Sea has seen many accidents over the past few years, especially the B1033 and the B1414, and a few of these have sadly seen fatalities. Driving in rural areas can be challenging at the best of times, but in the winter months can be even more hazardous with flooding, ice, or fallen trees. Understanding how to read the road confidently is essential for rural driving. Good forward observations, holding back on winding roads and being able to reverse to allow another vehicles to pass safely is vital. The lack of street lights, very few warning signs, and the temptation to speed is a recipe for disaster. Many accidents may have been avoided with more understanding and cautious observations in rural environments.

Urban Training – The A134 encircles Colchester centre to the west and south with many junctions and roundabouts that are very busy during rush hours. It is vital to understand urban driving, especially if you need to navigate busy town roads for work purposes. With more traffic and slower speeds, staying calm and observant is key. Cyclists and pedestrians are using urban streets along with delivery traffic, public transport and busy commuters, so there is much to be aware of if you want to arrive safely at your destination. The one-way system surrounding the pedestrianised retail centre has seen accidents that may have been avoided with more patience, a better understanding of the movements of other road users and good use of your mirrors and indicators to allow you all round observations and create a space bubble between you and other vehicles.


“We have seen a 68.5% reduction in damage to our car amongst our team of staff across the UK and Northern Ireland since we have used Drivers Domain UK for our advanced driver training. As a charity that saves lives at sea, ongoing training is critical to ensuring the safety of our staff on and off the water.”

RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution


Remember – Each driving course is totally bespoke to your own specific needs and requirements. This applies to both our business and private client courses.


Get in touch:

Please contact us for a quote to train your drivers. A member of our team will be more than pleased to help you.