Advanced and Defensive Driver Training

Why is it important?

The term ‘accident’ is a euphemism for collision. It helps most people feel better about their general standard of driving. A traffic ‘accident’ is the result of some unforeseeable condition that reasonable human effort couldn’t prevent. It is now widely accepted that most ‘accidents’ carry blame to one degree or another. To this end the new term is ‘collision. The reason for this change is that a traffic collision is something that could have been avoided with reasonable human effort.

Statistics show that the number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police increased by 4 per cent to 1,775 in 2014 from 1,713 in 2013.

In 2014, there were 22,807 seriously injured casualties in reported road traffic accidents. This represents a 5.3 per cent rise from 2013.

There were a total of 194,477 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents during 2014.

Being a successful driver is more than just having competent vehicle-handling skills. It is about having the right mental approach, self-discipline and a sound underpinning knowledge.

Most collision situations are avoidable and it is widely recognised that the ‘human element’ is the major contributing factor.

Who is the training for?

Full licence holders.

Car, Van, LGV and PCV drivers looking to improve:-

Skill levels, safety, confidence, driving economy or general driving enjoyment.

What are the benefits?

In our opinion every qualified driver, regardless of experience has some degree of driving skill whether it be physical, psychological or both. The aim of advanced driver training is to develop and enhance those skills whilst introducing new skills and heightening all round awareness. The benefits of such training can incorporate:-

  • Learning more about your vehicle, its capabilities and vehicle control.
  • Learning more about yourself, your capabilities and risk management.
  • Increased observational skills and awareness.
  • Enhanced anticipation of actual and potential danger. (Hazards)
  • More accurate and detailed planning in respect to hazards.
  • Reduced motoring costs through fuel efficiency etc.
  • Achieving more pleasure from driving and an increased confidence and self-belief.
  • Less blameworthy accidents resulting in cheaper insurance premiums.

What’s involved in Advanced Car training?

This depends largely on what you want from the course. Everything can be tailored to suit your needs and requirements. Essentially though it about enjoying your session and obtaining maximum benefit from it.

We will work with you in your own vehicle and we can either travel to your home, place of work or a venue that is convenient to you.

The courses can be half or full days and can also include weekends if this is preferred.

In any event you will be able to practice your Advanced Driving skills on a beneficial mix of road types and in varied traffic conditions.

The normal Advanced Car training syllabus can also include:

  • Night driving or driving in poor light conditions.
  • Vehicle and Personal Security.
  • Post-collision confidence restoration or vehicle familiarisation.
  • Post ban road traffic regulations or vehicle familiarisation.
  • Left hand drive vehicle familiarisation.
  • UK vehicle familiarisation.
  • RoSPA/Institute of Advanced Motorists driving assessment preparation.