Driving Updates

Our Expanded Range of Courses


We now have a wider range of driving courses, all of which can be conveniently booked online. Our courses are designed to help a wide range of both private and business customers.

Initially we started out offering just full and half day standard advanced driving courses for online booking. However, this service became so popular, we now offer the following courses for direct online booking:

Full and Half day courses, available nationwide:

  • For private and business customers
  • For newly qualified drivers, who want to learn advanced and defensive driving at a young age.
  • For drivers wanting to increase their confidence – often following a road traffic collision 
  • For drivers of high performance cars – wanting to ensure their driving is up to scratch 
  • For those facing a court hearing for speeding, and want to take action and learn to become safer drivers
  • For those that want to get back to driving, and want a professional tutor to help them with a refresher course

We have an incredibly diverse customer base. One moment a member of our team could be talking with someone who hasn’t driven in 10 years, another moment we could be arranging a bespoke driver training course for 100 drivers for a large PLC, with multiple locations across the UK. Helping drivers from all backgrounds, and for a wide range of reasons is one of the reasons we love what we do. 

With our online booking facility you are able to not only select a course for you, you are able to select ideal dates for training, or if you have not yet decided, you can opt to select dates at a later stage. The simple online booking facility also allows you to add notes, to ensure we know exactly what you want, with any special requests and requirements, before the training starts.

Once we have received your booking a member of our team will be in touch. Before the training your designated tutor will call to introduce themselves and to have a chat with you, before finalising the start time and location for the training.

We come to you for the training, and our key difference is our courses are bespoke to you and your own specific needs.

View our courses to book online –  www.driversdomainuk.com/book/ 

Dora (Drivers Online Risk Assessment)


We are pleased to announce the launch of Dora!

Dora (Drivers Online Risk Assessment) is an online risk assessment system designed to assess the risk of a driver, by asking a series of questions related to their attitudes, knowledge and driving history.

Each driver taking the assessment will be graded a risk, either Low, Medium or High, and placed on a spectrum, scoring them from 0 to 6000 points, enabling you to see exactly where they sit in terms of risk, side-by-side with all drivers in your fleet.

How She Works?

As a decision maker within your organisation, you are able to quickly, and efficiently assess the drivers in your organisation, whether it’s just one, or several thousand. For free.

You are able to set up a company account online, and then select the number of employees you wish to take the assessment. For example, if you want 200 employees to take the assessment, you simply request 200 assessment credits, from your online dashboard. These credits are then assigned to you, in the form of a unique usernames and passwords. You are then free to distribute these to your employees.

Dora is a highly user friendly platform. Below are the following steps to get started.

  • Register as a new Business
  • Decide how many user logins you need
  • Your account will be created with the set number of logins
  • Distribute the individual login details (user and password) to employees
  • The employees will login to take the assessment
  • You login and see who has taken the assessment
  • You can view their results and download their risk assessment document
  • At the moment – Dora is totally free

Visit www.driversdomainuk.com/dora/ to get started!

Specialist Driving Courses

Specialist Advanced & Defensive Driving Courses For UK Motorists

We now offer a range of bespoke advanced and defensive driving courses, designed for the varying needs and requirements for the 45 million + licence holders in the UK. 

We had decided to offer a range of courses, which better reflect the needs and requirements of our customers. As opposed to just offering a standard “advanced driving course” we now have a range of courses, all with distinctive elements designed for vastly different drivers. The courses are bespoke to the needs of the driver. 

We have a course for all drivers, from those with little experience, to those with confidence issues, to those who want to get to grips with their high performance car. 

Our courses are delivered by DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) registered Approved Driving Instructors, who have taken additional training to provide coaching and development for full licence holders.

Current Specialist Courses:

* Advanced & defensive courses
* Defensive courses for newly qualified drivers
* Confidence builder course
* Performance car intro
* Advanced & defensive courses for two drivers
* 4 x half-day advanced & defensive courses

You can read more about out specialist driving courses here

Brake Fleet Safety Conference 26/05/16

We were delighted to be exhibiting at the Brake Fleet Safety Conference on 26th May 20126 at St Johns Hotel in Solihull.

Over 200 delegates attended the day with a key focus on driver safety and lowering the road risk on UK roads.

There were a number of interesting speakers including Steve Briers, Editor of Fleet News who gave a very interesting presentation about the future of fleet safety, with an outline of the amazing technology that is starting to filter into mainstream vehicles.

There were also some very interesting speakers from Brake who covered a range of subjects from driver fatigue, the benefits of eco-driving, and how to tackle drink driving.

As exhibitors, we actively helped support Brake and it gave us a great opportunity to chat with various Health & Safety and Fleet professionals from a range of businesses. 

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Recent Advanced Driving Testimonals

We offer advanced driving courses for both private and business customers. Currently around 90% of our customers are business clients, and 10% are private individuals.

Below are a few recent testimonials from our small, but growing private customer base:

 

“I took a full day advanced driving course following a serious road traffic accident. I was advised to take a course to help boost confidence. The session was great, I learned to overcome my anxiety that I faced with driving and feel not only more confident, but more confident (and skilful) than I did before my accident.”
Kate, Cumbria

 

“I have been driving for 38 years and although have a good driving record I wanted to take a few hours to have a spring clean of my driving. Chris who was my assigned tutor for the day, was great. He totally put me at my ease and provided a well rounded, useful session. We covered a wide range of roads including rural roads, which I feel are most of an issue with me. Forward planning, anticipation along with various advanced techniques were covered. A valuable day and well worth the money.”
Paul, Sussex


“Having taken delivery of a Mercedes S600 I wanted to ensure my driving was up to scratch. I booked a 7hr day session with Drivers Domain UK. It was money well spent. A few home truths about my driving were bought to my attention. Nothing serious but things I really had not thought too much about. I am now a more thoughtful and I hope, a more skilful driver since the training.”

Adam, London


“I cover around 30,000 miles a year for work. Although work do not provide such training it was something I was wanting to do. I booked a full day course split over 2 weekend days, 3.5hrs each. To start I was very nervous but Barry but me at ease and really helped me get it all together. I hate driving on motorways and covering 30,000 a year meant I would have to at times, use them. A lot of the training was on motorways and I felt this helped me no end. I now am happy to use these roads more and no longer use Sat Nav to divert all motorway elements to a journey!”

Sarah, Cheshire


“With my new business I have to drive a rather larger Peugeot Boxer van. Having never drove such a large vehicle I was keen to take additional training. It was all arranged at short notice, which was ideal as the van was sat on my drive. I met with Ian (tutor) at my home and the training started, and ended there. He taught me how to drive more defensively and how to factor in the size of my van. Although I must admit I was anxious to start, I quickly gained confidence and found the course great. This was 6 weeks ago, and can certainly say, without hesitation, that the training really helped boost my skills.”

Mary, Leicestershire


“I was bought my defensive driving course from my husband as a birthday gift. Whilst it was certainly different it was very much welcomed. I have been having a few incidents recently and felt I needed a bit of coaching. It was hard work at times, made me face issues with my driving I maybe was overlooking. But in the end I am now a better driver. Maybe I will get the same for my husband when it’s his birthday!!”

Sandra, Oxfordshire


“I booked a course for my son who was too aggressive, drove too fast and took too many risks – as you do when you are young. Being aged only 19 I was aware of the risks he faced. He had a full day course, taken on a Saturday. He did enjoy the session (so he tells me), but most important of all has made him think more, be less aggressive and slow down!”

Mark, Hampshire


“I’ve never had an accident, touch wood. However, I am aware I am getting older and so wanted to ensure my driving was up to the mark. I found the session most valuable, rewarding and not intimidating at all. The tutor was fair, respectful and provided some wonder advice, tips and help for me.”
Alf, Berkshire


“I was having too many near misses, and small prangs (2 in 12 months) so I needed to invest my time in an advanced driving course. I decided to use Drivers Domain UK as I had heard some good reviews. The course, although was not particularly cheap was excellent. I was able to practise my driving on a range of roads and the training was of an exceptional nature. My tutor, David – was highly experienced, and not only that, he was a really nice guy, which only helped make the training that much more enjoyable.”
Simon, Essex

 


If you have recently taken an advanced driving course with us, we would love you to add your comments on here. Please email rob@driversdomainuk.com 

Online Course Booking – Live


We are the only advanced & defensive driving business in the UK, where you can select dates and pay for your advanced driving course online. This is a major development for Drivers Domain UK, and has been designed in response to customers that want the flexibility of being able to select ideal dates for driver training, and then pay safely and securely online.

This option is for those that want to book training for between 1 and 4 drivers.


How It Works:

With our booking system you fist of all select the training format you want, either a full or half day, between 1 and 4 drivers. From then, you will be able to select 10 “can do” dates for training.

We have set this at 10 days to allow us to find a tutor during the required periods or dates, which work best for you. This approach is designed to streamline our service and improve the customer experience.

After the ideal dates have been selected, you are able to list the names of the drivers, and the locations you wish the training to start from. You will be able to add any additional notes at this stage too.

Once this is complete you will then be able to review the course details, dates, drivers, locations. Once you are happy you can pay online, or if you wish you can skip this payment, and a member of our team will then email you an invoice as an alternative. This added flexibility is ideal for those who either want to pay online, or would prefer to pay by BACS.

To view this online booking system you can start at www.driversdomainuk.com/book/

 

Our YouTube Channel

Sometime in the near future we will be creating our own YouTube channel with a range of short videos, designed to provide some advanced driving tips we would like to share with you. A number of advanced driving training providers already have created some great video content online. We now feel the time is right to join them!

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We are planning to create a number of videos that will be around 1 – 4 minutes each.  All of them will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Below are a few videos we will be making:

1. Dealing with roundabouts
2. How to join a motorway
3. How to leave a motorway
4. How to overtake on a motorway
5. How to overtake on a single carriageway
6. Vehicle positioning on rural roads
7. Awareness and planning – urban
8. Awareness and planning – motorways
9. Awareness and planning – rural roads
10. The System of Car Control

We currently don’t have an exact date when the videos will be created – possibly could be last 2015 or early 2016. Once we have a better idea we will be updating you all.

What is Your Driving Personality?

Is Defensive Driving Advanced Driving?

We get a lot of visitors to our website searching for terms like:

“advanced driving course”
“advanced driving courses”
“advanced driver training”
“defensive driving course”
“defensive driver training”

In the mind of the visitor there may have be a difference in the two words. Some may not be familiar with “advanced” whilst others equally may not be familiar with “defensive” in terms of driver training.

However, they are pretty much the same thing. Advanced driving is all about driving in a defensive way, and defensive driving involves learning advanced driving techniques! Lets dig a little deeper behind the meanings:

Advanced Driving – Advanced driving initially came about in the 1950’s with the creation of what is now, the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Advanced driving was something (and still is) associated with Police drivers.

It is often linked with driving fast. Whilst elements of Police training covers this, advanced driving for the public does not involve fast (above the speed limit) driving. Progressive driving when the conditions and speed limits permit yes, but anything more is for the track. 

Defensive Driving – Probably not quite as impressive sounding as “advanced driving” but defensive driving is basically the same as advanced driving in civilian terms. The name came about after the term “advanced driving” and tends to be more specifically used by companies when training their staff. 

In terms of training our advanced driving courses are indeed defensive. The flexibility of our training means we can adjust the course to your needs and requirements. So if you are looking for either an “advanced driving course” or “defensive driving course” you can be safe in the knowledge that we can help with both…

Advanced Driver Training – So far….

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P1000043Where does the time go? We are already in August and it does not seem that long ago since we were settling back into things following Christmas! For us it has been a busy year so far. 

We have been working with some new clients including departments within the NHS and also various Government departments, along with a range of small, medium and large businesses around the UK.

We now have well over 200 tutors around the UK, a number which was party achieved by some excellent coverage in MSA (Motor Schools Association) magazine in April, which specifically had a request for fleet qualified ADIs to join us.

Keeping up with the digital era, we now have a mobile optimised website homepage, which has been decluttered somewhat, and is much easier to use on a mobile – to see the homepage please click here and see.

Please stay tuned – we hopefully will have more exciting news from the world of advanced driver training soon. 🙂