Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Durham

Since 2003 we have been providing defensive and advanced driving courses in and around the area of Durham for companies of all sizes. We have also provided advanced driver training for a number of private individuals who wish to improve their driving.

Our courses are conducted on the following roads:

Motorways – In Durham we use the A1 and A66(M) for motorway training. From Durham, we often head south on the A167 and pick up the A66(M) which leads onto the A1(M). 

Rural Roads – Sometimes we use the A167 en-route to the motorway as mentioned above. We often divert off onto B roads. Sometimes we divert off the A167 at Croxdale and head more cross country on the B6288 through various villages such as Tudhoe and Spennymoor as part of the rural training element.

These roads provide an excellent opportunity to introduce advanced driving techniques such as The System of Car Control and The Limit Point.  Sometimes we leave Durham and head north on the B6532 past Saciston towards Edmondsley. The exact route depends on your location, length of course, weather, and traffic. 

Urban training – The centre of Durham provides a good location for urban training, which looks at developing a safe driver in restricted areas with slow-moving hazards, bus lanes and dense traffic.

In the centre of Durham, we often use roads such as South Street, Hallgarth Street, Crossgate Peth and similar. If the centre of Durham is too busy we head to more out of town areas like Gilesgate Moor, Brandon or similar.

Private customers:

We offer bespoke training courses for private customers, which include motorway training, refresher training, confidence driving courses and more. You can view all our private courses here.


Benefits of Defensive Driver Training:

* Increased driver safety
* Improved fuel economy
* Increased driver skill
* Demonstrates your Duty of Care
* Motivates your drivers

Remember – All of our on-road driving courses are bespoke to your own needs. This relates to both business and private customers.

3.5hr – Mostly opted for by business customers, when training a number of drivers back to back. It’s also open to private customers too who only need a shorter course. The 3.5hr course is our shortest course available.

3.5hr x 2 – If you don’t fancy a full day but want to cover more than a 3.5hr session, then this split course is great. The 2 sessions can be split over a few days or weeks. Sometimes we can run this course over 2 days.

7hr full day – Intensive in its nature. But is a great way to get the course done in one day. It’s certainly tiring but a great option for those pressed for time.

We have more specialist courses for drivers – 3,4,5 x 3.5hr courses. Mainly designed for private customers but also open to business clients for specific at-risk drivers.

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

Get in touch:

Please email us for more info and a member of our team will be in touch. We can answer any question you may have. Remember we can provide a bespoke course if needed, based on what you require. You can also book and pay online at should you wish. After booking a member of our team will be in touch within 1hr during working hours.