Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses Shropshire
Shropshire has a range of challenging roads. Being a rural county, it has one of the highest prevalence of rural roads in the country.
These rural roads, typically B and unclassified roads, are where, proportionally, most fatal accidents occur, so it’s wise to ensure that your employees gain essential driver training on these roads to ensure they are safe, and as an employer, you are demonstrating your duty of care.
We cover Shropshire + All of the UK – We come to you for the training:
We provide bespoke advanced/defensive driver training to companies and private individuals using our national network of DVSA-registered advanced driving instructors.
Our advanced driving courses based in Shropshire are not just on rural roads. With our courses, we cover a range of roads, including the Motorway (The M54 is ideal for this in the county). We also provide training in town and urban driving, such as in and around Shrewsbury, Telford, and other towns in Shropshire.
We are a national company but are based in Shrewsbury.
Depending on your specific needs, we can develop a course around your own needs. If a driver is having one too many accidents, it makes sense to receive coaching on a range of roads to get to the route of the problem and assess them on a range of roads. If they are looking at only motorway driving, we can adjust the course to fit. However, around 95% of clients opt for training on a range of roads.
If the training is starting from Shrewsbury, we tend to offer training out towards the M54 and Telford areas. However, depending on the location, we can also head off out the county into Powys on the A458 towards Welshpool.
Training can be on a 2:1 or 1:1 format. A 2:1 format is where one driver goes out for half a day (3.5 hours) and another in the afternoon for the same time period. This is a very popular method of training based on cost and time savings.
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
After the course, you will receive a driving report for each driver so you know what was covered and their overall road risk.
For all our bespoke driving courses in Shropshire, we provide training on a range of roads and different areas, which can include:
Motorway training – The only motorway in Shropshire is the M54 that merges from the A5 at Cluddley and into Birmingham. Still, we use many faster roads when undertaking motorway courses. The A5 encircles Shrewsbury, and from here, we can pick up the A458 from Snowdonia to south Birmingham and the A49 through Oswestry and into Chester. Motorway driving has its own challenges, from not knowing your exit lane in time, entering at speed and helping you to avoid HGV traffic where you cannot see ahead or are boxed in. Many people have improved their motorway confidence with a little extra tuition and have stopped avoiding motorway driving.
Rural Roads – Shropshire has many rural roads, from the beautiful Shropshire hills and around the pretty villages between Oswestry and Market Drayton. Rural driving is a skill many do not have for different reasons. Perhaps they are urban drivers only and have not had a lot of practice on small country roads. In Shropshire, there are a range of very narrow rural roads to much faster, challenging ones, which are still considered rural such as Longden Road out toward Pulverbatch or to the north of Shrewsbury, the A528 towards Harmer Hill. You must be aware of all hazards rural roads pose, especially when driving at night. Many rural roads will not have sufficient lighting, which can be an issue.
Urban Training – The larger towns in Shropshire, such as Shrewsbury, and Telford can be pretty challenging if you are not used to busy urban traffic. Rush hours and diversions can make urban driving quite stressful, but with some driver training, we can help. From being aware of your direction, what lane to be in at large traffic light junctions and being more aware of other drivers’ intentions. Pedestrians and cyclists can also be more prevalent when driving in the centre of towns. Speed limits will be lower in these areas, and you need to know the speed you should be travelling at. These points can be learned relatively quickly by understanding the road furniture (lines and signs), and once you understand these, then your all-round driving will improve.
Get in touch:
We have a number of courses and price options. Please email us for more info and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also book and pay online at www.driversdomainuk.com/book/ should you wish.