Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Croydon
Our advanced & defensive driving courses in Croydon are designed to help reduce the road risk of all that are taking our courses. We have many advanced driving tutors located in and around Croydon. We provide bespoke courses for both private and business customers.
Whether you are a business client or a private individual – we have a number of specialist courses to increase the skill and safety of a driver. Our courses are available for car and van drivers. Our driving courses are conducted by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) fleet-registered ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors). All our tutors have a passion for road safety and teaching the latest driving techniques to drivers of all abilities in an easy to learn informative and enjoyable way.
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.
3.5hr – Around 30% opt for this course. The benefits of this course is that it’s the cheapest, and is only 3.5hr, the disadvantage is that for some drivers it’s too short. Ideal mainly for companies training 4 or more drivers.
2 x 3.5hr – This is advantageous for customers that can’t drive for 7hrs and need the split to reflect. Often a driver gets homework on this session, so they can practice what has been taught in session 1, to help them with session 2. Older drivers often opt for this course.
7hr full day – Although it is hard work for some, a full day is cheaper than 2 x 3.5hr. It’s good for those who are time-poor. Maybe your company has asked you to do this course, or maybe you feel a 7hr will work better for you. Talk with us if you are unsure.
We understand not all drivers want a half, full or 2 half days. Some need or want longer. That is why we offer 3,4 and 5 x 3.5h sessions. These courses are often run over a few weeks and are mostly designed for drivers who have significant issues, such as a driving phobia, or need confidence training after a serious road traffic collision.
Our courses are designed to provide the highest level of training on the three main types of roads:
Motorway training – Croydon lies in the centre of south London, and the nearest motorway is the M3 to the west at Sunbury on Thames via the A308, and to the east, the A232 links the M23. Motorway driving can be very worrisome for many drivers due to the speed of travel and the higher number of vehicles on the roads simultaneously. Learning a few advanced driver car control systems such as IPSGA (information, planning, speed, gears, and acceleration) and better forward planning and observations will help your skill and confidence levels. Motorway driving is the safest way to travel statistically, but the speed can often make collisions severe. Many of these may have been avoided with better observations and knowing how to move across lanes efficiently and safely. During a motorway confidence course, we will often use the M23 and the M3 by taking the faster A232 road, and this will take in the large motorway junction roundabouts and show you how to maintain composure at higher speeds,
Rural Roads – Croydon is surrounded by urban environments, but driving just a few miles east from New Addington, you will find yourself in rural areas such as Leaves Green and Biggin Hill. Although very busy with local and farming traffic, the rural roads can be hazardous with few signs and minimal street lighting. However, understanding a few regulations for rural driving can be lifesaving. The accidents that happen in a rural setting can be very severe, and unfortunately, it does seem that younger drivers are the most at harm, especially with the lack of speed cameras. The temptation to speed can be deadly. Sheep Barn Lane and Skid Hill Lane south of New Addington have seen many accidents, very similar to White Hill Lane, leading onto Chipstead Lane towards the A217, Brighton Road. Rural driving can be a pleasure if you understand how to drive on them safely.
Urban Training – Croydon is an extensively built-up urban area and has many issues that can be stressful, especially at certain times of the day, such as rush hours or school run times. Most accidents in urban settings are usually fairly minor when using busy roads leading into the centre of Croydon, as traffic is so much slower. Still, the large urban roundabouts and multilane junctions of the A236 and the A232 can be problematic and have seen some severe accidents that may have been avoided with better planning and a little more patience. When driving in urban environments, there is much more to be aware of, such as cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport routes. Understanding your surroundings is vital, so better mirror procedures and good indications to show other drivers of your intentions will help immensely and can be taught very easily. Understanding urban driving techniques is essential if you must drive in urban areas for work or live in the town centre areas.
“I needed a refresher/confidence course after a serious accident. Motorways terrified me. I not only regained my confidence, but I also eliminated some rather bad habits, which I didn’t realise was putting me at increased risk.”
M. Hickman, Kent
Remember – We build all our driving courses from scratch and are built around your specific needs. This applies to both business and private customers, all over the UK. .
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
We look at training the same way we look at our clients, whether business or private; each one is individual. Every driver is unique with respect to driving, based on both internal and external elements. Internal elements are things such as character type, emotions, and concentration. External elements are attributes such as years of driving experience, mileage covered, positive and negative experiences etc..
To learn more about our courses and to get a quote please contact us, and a member of our team will be able to help, and if needed – we can list a number of dates we have free over the next few days/weeks for training.