Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a key location where we provide a lot of our advanced and defensive driving courses. We provide training for both business clients and private individuals in and around the capital. We cover all areas of the UK, including Edinburgh and come to you for the training. We provide this bespoke advanced/defensive driver training to companies and private individuals using our national network of DVSA-registered advanced driving instructors. We have over 240 tutors currently.
Our courses do vary in structure, although we have a number of courses based on duration:
7hr session (we can split a full day for 2 drivers if needed)
2 x 3.5hr sessions
3 x 3.5hr sessions – We also have longer courses if needed.
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.
We do offer a range of courses, which include:
1. General advanced driver training (requested by an employer, solicitor, own personal interest)
2. Post-RTC confidence driving course
3. Refresher driving courses
4. Confidence development courses
5. Courses for performance car drivers
6. Van driver training
Please use the link on the right of the page for more specific information about our private courses or click here.
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 totally bespoke to your own specific needs and requirements. This applies to both our business and private client courses.
For all our bespoke driving courses in Edinburgh, we provide training on a range of roads and different areas, which can include:
Motorway training – Edinburgh is served by the M8 from Glasgow, and the M9 and the M90 travel further north towards Aberdeen and Inverness. Motorway driving has a set of challenges, unlike rural or urban roads and with the higher speeds, more lanes and large numbers of vehicles, motorways can be very stressful for some drivers. Learning to drive motorways confidently is essential if you intend to travel on them. Understanding advanced driver techniques can help with planning and observations while driving. Often drivers worry about being boxed in by high-sided lorries and feeling pressured to drive faster than they feel comfortable with by drivers behind. Knowing that you are in control and staying confident with your actions is vital for motorway driving, and this can prevent stressful journeys and possible collisions.
Rural Roads – Edinburgh is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside, and rugged coasts in Scotland and the rural roads that serve them can be hazardous if a driver is unfamiliar with rural driving. As Scotland is primarily rural, there are more drivers at risk than most of the UK, and with the winter weather always causing more issues, it is vital that drivers are confident with the regulations of rural driving. Rural environments will always have less lighting and warning signs than more major roads, but being able to read the road with good forward observations, keeping a steady speed, and holding back on winding roads when necessary, can be the skills that are lifesaving. The A70 from Carnwath into Edinburgh is strewn with accident sites, very similar to the B6355 towards the coast. Unfortunately, as with many rural accidents, the new drivers often come to the most harm.
Urban Training – Edinburgh is a city that is busy year-round, being the capital of Scotland and its thriving tourist industry, and many visitors to Edinburgh will be driving. It is essential to understand your route, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area, but having a calm and composed driving style can be very beneficial. Learning a few urban driving skills, such as timely indications and anticipating the actions of other road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport lanes, is beneficial. The Edinburgh bypass is full of multi-lane traffic light junctions and urban roundabouts leading into the city. Many accidents may have been avoided with better observations and more patience, as rush hour traffic can often bring out the worst frustrations in drivers.
If you are researching advanced driving course providers, please contact us for a quote based on the number of drivers you wish to train and to learn more about how we can help you with your advanced driving course program – a member of our team will be delighted to help. You can contact us using the form at the top right of this page or email or call us.