Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Plymouth

Plymouth is becoming a popular area for both companies and private customers that want to invest in advanced driver training. All the tutors who deliver training in Plymouth have had many years of experience in delivering advanced driving courses for drivers of all ages and experience.

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.

Course Durations:

* 3.5hr – Around 30% opt for this course. The benefits of this course are that it’s the cheapest, and is only 3.5hr, the disadvantages are 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.


“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


All training can start from your office or the driver’s own home, should you wish. We can also run advanced courses from a number of different locations if needed.

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

After the training, you will receive a full driving report, which will outline the driving standard both before and after the training. We measure a driver in 20+ key areas and score them either excellent, very good, good, adequate or poor. We do this at the start and the end, so you can see the improvement and in what areas. There will also be notes from the tutor too. 

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

Motorway training – Plymouth does not have any nearby motorways as such, the closest being the M5 near Exeter. Still, by using the fast A road and dual carriageway routes of the A38 and the A386, we help drivers overcome motorway driving issues. Although motorway driving is the safest way to travel according to statistics, the speed and the higher amount of traffic on the road can result in some severe collisions. Using advanced driver techniques such as IPSGA -information, planning, speed, gear and acceleration, we can teach any driver to be more observant on motorway routes, reducing the risk of accidents and increasing confidence. 

Rural Roads – Plymouth contains coastal and rural routes, and unless you are familiar with driving on more minor B roads and country lanes, advanced driver training can make rural driving more comfortable and much safer. Many issues come with rural driving, from seasonal changes where lanes can be blocked with flooding, ice, or tree falls, to slow tourist and farming traffic in the summer months. The Billacombe Road and the Phomphlet Road towards Brixton and the Tamerton Foliot Road have seen some severe accidents that may have been avoided with better driving skills. Rural accidents are caused mostly by drivers unfamiliar with the area, driving too fast or new drivers taking risks with speed in quiet areas without speed cameras. 

Urban Training – Plymouth is one of the busiest cities in the South West and, being a port town as well carries far more road traffic than most other local urban areas. Driving in busy urban settings requires a lot of patience. Often just returning to the basics with mirror, signal, and manoeuvre processes are the primary skills many drivers forget soon after passing their driving test. The highest accident routes in Plymouth are the A374 and the B3240 around the city centre and Drake Circus. Our driver training can greatly help make you a safer driver on busy urban roads. 


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.


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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.