Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Oxford
Oxford is a popular location for our advanced driving courses. We have a number of tutors based within a 20-mile radius of the city.
Our bespoke training is what segregates us from other training organisations. The idea of a tick box, one size fits all driving course fills us with dread. They’re boring and rarely get the best from a driver. So when we talk about “bespoke training”, what do we mean? We look at training the same way we look at our customers; each one is unique. Every driver is different with regard to driving, based on a mix of internal and external factors. Internal factors are things including personality type, attitudes, concentration etc. External factors are things such as years of driving experience, mileage covered, positive and negative experiences etc.
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 Oxford, we provide training on a range of roads and different areas, which can include:
Motorway training – The M40 motorway lies to the east of Oxford and is the closest motorway to the city, and it is linked via the A40 and the A34. We use routes around these to train drivers with motorway confidence, whether new drivers with their first motorway travel or drivers who now have to drive further afield for family or business purposes. Motorway driving can be very stressful for some drivers, it’s the higher speeds and extra lanes that cause the most worry, and if not addressed, many drivers will continue to avoid motorways completely. By using specific driving systems such as IPSGA – information, planning, speed, gears and acceleration, we have helped many drivers find their confidence with entering and exiting busy junctions at speed and move away from large high-sided lorries and vans which limit fields of vision. By understanding the regulations of motorway driving, you can use them more regularly, and in turn, this will open up the rest of the UK to travel directly and quicker than using A roads.
Rural Roads – The countryside surrounding Oxford is very picturesque, and the more minor rural roads linking the pretty villages and small towns can be hazardous if you are not used to using them. At certain times of the year, rural roads will have issues unlike any other roads, such as seasonal changes that can mean slow-moving farming and tourist traffic during the summer and maybe impassable in the winter months due to flooding or tree falls. Because there is much less street lighting and few warning signs, rural accidents can be pretty severe, and without many speed cameras operating, the temptation to speed in quiet areas can be fatal. The B4044 towards Eynsham has seen many severe collisions and is similar to the B480 through Chiselhampton and onto Watlington. Unfortunately, younger drivers tend to come to most harm when driving rurally, so understanding the risks of rural driving can be lifesaving.
Urban Training – Oxford is a very busy and exciting city, and the urban network of roads can be incredibly hectic, especially during rush hour, and the accidents that happen in these environments are mainly down to impatience and poor observations and indications. Most accidents happen around traffic light junctions and roundabouts, where some drivers will make moves without alerting other drivers of their intentions. Although urban accidents tend to be slightly less severe due to lower speeds, they can be very costly with insurance premium hikes and can lead to road closures and traffic build-up. The main roads, such as the High Street and the A420 St Aldgate’s, are littered with accident sites. Although the retail centre of Oxford is mainly pedestrianised, the surrounding streets can be busy with public transport routes and far more road users to look out for, including pedestrians and cyclists. Taking advanced driver training is essential if you worry about using busy town roads or are perhaps looking to take a role as a delivery driver, where you may be asked to take a driving assessment.
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 – 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.
Our courses do alter in their delivery, although we have a number of courses based on time; these are outlined below:
3.5hr session, 7hr session, 2 x 3.5hr sessions, 3 x 3.5hr sessions, 4 x 3.5r sessions, 5 x 3.5hr sessions
All our courses are bespoke to the needs of the driver, whether that’s a session for one or 100+. As a result, we can provide a course which best fit’s your needs. Please call us or use the contact form upper right for more information.